Everyone was healthy when they enrolled for the first time.
The researchers noted the participants' body mbad index (BMI), a weight-height relationship used to determine if a person is in a healthy weight range. 19659002] They then tracked who developed cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes heart attack, stroke or hypertension.
The World Health Organization considers that a person with a BMI of 25 kg / m² is overweight and 30 kg / m² or taller as obese.
The research team found that the risk of CVD increased beyond a BMI of 22-23 kg / m².
"In addition, the risk also increases steadily the more fat a person carries around their waist," said one The study found that people with a BMI of 22-23 kg / m² had the lowest risk of CVD.
"As the BMI increased above 22 kg / m², the risk of CVD increased by 13% for each increase of 5.2 kg / m² in women and 4.3 kg / m² in women. men. "