BMI and the Elderly
I recently read an article by a dietitian who specializes in geriatric nutrition that a higher BMI than the standard 20-25 is healthier for the elderly. Up until I hit age 65 (I’m 74 now), my weight was within the standard BMI range. Now I have a BMI of 26-27. I maintain a healthy lifestyle, managing stress, eating a heart-healthy diet, exercising according to current recommendations, and sleeping well. I feel ok at this weight, except that it does give me a slightly distended stomach (not a beer belly) I also asked a dietitian my wife saw at our medical clinic and she confirmed that a higher BMI is beneficial for older people. Any comments or thoughts you have?