Abnormal BMI linked to Asian mortality: research


TAIPEI–A wide-scale transnational study has concluded that abnormal average Body Mass Index (BMI) is associated with mortality among East Asians, according to Taiwan’s top research institute Academia Sinica, which participated in the study.

The study, which followed 1.1 million people in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, India and Bengal over a period of 9.2 years on average, was published in the Feb. 24 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Academia Sinica said yesterday.

More than 30,000 Taiwanese took part in the study, according to biomedical scientist Shen Chen-yang, who led the study.

“We found a U-shaped correlation between BMI and death,” he said. “It showed that mortality was lowest among people with BMI levels of between 22.6 and 27.5.”