Raw Food Vegans Study (BMI)
News flash: Study Finds Raw Food Vegans Thin But Healthy
The research team from the department of Internal Medicine at Washington University Medical School, headed by Dr. Luigi Fontana, recently published their findings on study conducted on raw food vegans.
"Vegetarians who don't cook their food have abnormally low bone mass, usually a sign of osteoporosis and increased fracture risk. But a research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis also found that raw food vegetarians have other biological markers indicating their bones, although light in weight, may be healthy."
The average BMI of the rawfoodist in this study was 20.5, compared to an average of 25 for individuals eating a standard American diet. What does this mean? For a man 5 foot 8 inches tall 20.5 BMI would mean that he is 135 pounds. And if this same man had a BMI of 25, he'd weigh 164.5 pounds.
Below 18.5 -------- Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 -------- Normal
25.0 – 29.9 -------- Overweight
30.0 and Above -------- Obese
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a BMI of 20.5 is not "abnormally low", it is infact normal. However, what the article failed to mention is that an BMI of 25 is NOT normal.