'Overweight Is OK' Study Shows You Can Trust CDC
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz praises the new study's honesty
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 1:34 PM CST
Scales don't usually lie, and it looks like the CDC won't either.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Yesterday, the CDC released a study that flies in the face of the public health orthodoxy: Apparently, you can actually be too thin. That's staggering, given that for about a century now, fashion, cinema, and, yes, public health organs like the CDC have "made thin synonymous with beauty and health," writes Dr. Kent Sepkowitz in the Daily Beast. "The rout of the public by the thin-ocracy has been so complete that a goal other than blind pursuit of the flat stomach and the sharp jaw seems sacrilegious."

But the heartening thing isn't that you can have a little cake. It's that the CDC was willing "to be guided by data, and not by a preconceived notion of the 'message,'" Sepkowitz writes. Unlike politics, where facts, to quote Ronald Reagan, are stupid things, in science "facts are facts and always worth pursuing." Which is why "the same group of public health experts who have fought to keep America thinner was willing to stand behind the current study." Read the full post here.

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Jan 3, 2013 6:33 PM CST
The BMI & Military have the same flaw it's based on average's. I remember in the Navy if you had a large neck you would have a low body fat % and in one sailor case his neck & head were the same size huge low body fat. The only way to determine your true body fat count is the float tank and only you and! your doctor? can determine what is best for you.
Jan 3, 2013 3:30 PM CST
They base too much off of BMI, an incredibly flawed number. Most healthy athletes are obese according to BMI. It is a useless number that leads to confusing results. There are too many factors to use that one number to come to any conclusions. I don't think it takes more than common sense to see that being stick-thin is unhealthy, just like being over 300 lbs on a 5ft4 frame.
Jan 3, 2013 2:28 PM CST
Lots more old, healthy thin people than fat.