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Comment & Response
August 24, 2020

Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyles

Author Affiliations
  • 1ConscienHealth, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Obesity Action Coalition, Tampa, Florida
  • 3Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 4Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 24, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2743

To the Editor In the Original Investigation by Nyberg and colleagues1 regarding healthy lifestyles and years lived without chronic disease, the finding that a body mass index (BMI) less than or equal to 25, in combination with healthy lifestyle factors, predicts more life-years without chronic disease is noteworthy and important. However, the characterization of a BMI lower than 25 as a healthy lifestyle itself is misleading and conveys implicit bias about the nature of BMI and obesity.

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