Study after study tells us that being overweight or obese leads to countless health risks including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and increased risk of heart attack or stroke. Now a recent study from the University of California Davis School of Medicine says its MORE (I repeat more) dangerous to your health to be underweight than obese.
In the six-year study following almost 51,000 Americans of all ages, researchers discovered that those with an extremely low BMI (under 18.5) had a risk of death that was twice as high as those with a normal BMI (18.5 to 24.9). Oddly enough, participants with BMIs that classified them as severely obese (30 or higher) were only 1.26 times as likely to die as those with normal BMIs, which means being obese is considered better than being underweight.
This doesn't mean you should go out and eat everything in sight, but it is a reminder that you should be aiming for a healthy BMI.