#BMI and All‐Cause #Mortality in a Population‐Based Cohort in Rural South Africa

..The cohort consisted of 9,728 individuals. In adjusted models, those with BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 kg/m2 or 30.0 to 34.9 kg/m2 had a lower hazard of death (adjusted hazard ratio: 0.80; 95% CI: 0.69‐0.92 and adjusted hazard ratio: 0.75; 95% CI: 0.60‐0.93, respectively) compared with those with BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2.

Individuals in South Africa who meet clinically defined criteria for overweight or obesity had a lower risk of all‐cause mortality than those with a normal BMI. These findings were stronger for women and communicable conditions.