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New Study: Being Slightly Overweight Lowers Risk of Early Death
Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 02, 2013 @ 6:56PM
Created on January 02, 2013 @ 6:18PM
A new study shows that people who are slightly overweight have a slightly lower risk of early death than those at a normal weight. That's quite different than the normal health news you hear and that's why it's a controversial report.
 
This report came from the Journal of the American Medical Association. It combined almost 100 different studies that looked at about 3 million people around the world. Researchers looked at their deaths and people's body mass index, which is a number that considers height and weight. In the end, the findings showed that the slightly overweight had a 6% lower risk of early death compared to normal-weight people.
 
Health officials across the world are concerned about these so-called results because they said there's so many diseases that can be attributed to extra pounds.
 
UHC Family Medicine Third Year Resident Ashley Bainbridge said that although this may sound awesome, there's a lot of things in the report that could skew the results. After reading it, she said some of the studies used allowed people to report their own heights and weights, which could throw off the scale. Also, apparently the BMI comparisons were different for some of the studies.
 
Avoiding an early death isn't all about watching your weight. Bainbridge said you should try to live a healthy lifestyle. This means not just dieting but eating well all the time. Exercising is also not a bad way to keep yourself healthy.

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