Yet Another Study Gives Survival Advantage To Overweight, Not Underweight

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Well I thought this would be the perfect medical article to blog about this week, as many of us tuck into eating huge delicious Thanksgiving holiday meals!


If you are going to eat, don’t make those calories laden with guilt and remorse and negative thinking.

As you can read in one of my previous blog posts, fat shaming physically harms your health. Don’t allow shame over food choices or weight to ruin your well being.


Release the negative thinking and just enjoy what you eat.


To help with that, here is a recently published medical study (published July 2017 in Cardiac Interventions) that found that obese and overweight patients actually have better survival rates and less complications after heart surgery (percutaneous cardiac interventions, or PCI) than normal weight and lean patients do.

On top of that, the better outcomes persisted even 5 years later, with better outcomes for the overweight and obese patients than for normal or low weight patients.


The Study:

  • Researchers studied over 345,000 patients who underwent PCI surgery between 2005 and 2013.
  • Patients were categorized based on BMI into underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese categories and followed them for 5 years to determine outcomes after surgery.


The Results:

  • Mildly obese patients were 30% more likely to survive cardiac surgery (and spent fewer days hospitalized after cardiac surgery.)
  • Mortality was significantly lower in the obese and overweight categories 30 days, 1 year, and 5 years out from surgery.


For more encouraging news that health is not all about a BMI and that you can be healthy at a wide variety of weights, here are some previous blog posts I’ve written for you as well:


And if you still feel guilt when looking at the spread of food before you at holiday parties?


Here are my 4 go to party foods — if you see one of these options at your next party, head straight for if and enjoy, guilt free!!!

Doctor’s orders!


1) Chocolate

Shown to support heart and brain health, women who consume chocolate on a regular basis have a lower body mass index then those who don’t!


2) Coffee

Warding off dementia, protective against Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers and depression, even decreasing your risk for developing diabetes… a warm cup of coffee or tea is the perfect way to indulge at a party, guilt free. Did you know coffee drinkers actually have a lower mortality rate than non-coffee drinkers? I blog more about that here.


3) Berries

Super-powered antioxidants that decrease inflammation throughout your body, enjoy the fresh fruit party platter! Best dessert yet? Snag that chocolate covered strawberry and enjoy every single luscious bite!


4) Nuts

Lowering heart disease risk and boosting energy without causing any weight gain at all, find the nut bowl and dig in!

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you!!!

xoxoxo, Laura