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Healthy diet more important than BMI for living longer life: study

Sep 18, 2020 21:52 IST

When it comes to living a healthy life, it seems as if we have equated it to weight loss but perhaps our focus is misguided. 

Researchers studying a link between our body mass index, daily diet and mortality have found that eating healthy can take care of many of the health risks associated with increased body weight.

Analysing data of 79,000 Swedes who stick to a Mediterranean diet, rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and oil, the team found that those eating well had better mortality outcomes regardless of their weight. 

The findings published in the journal PLOS Medicine shared that the 'results indicate that adherence to healthy diets such as a Mediterranean-like diet may modify the association between BMI and mortality.

The researchers also warned that people who followed a Mediterranean-like diet were also more likely to be higher educated, live with others, and do more exercise as well.