Being moderately overweight might not pose health riskSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/02/2013 - 09:41
Being moderately overweight might not pose health risk
A study finds that people who are significantly obese are at higher risk of premature death, but not those who are merely overweight. And there may even be benefits to a few extra pounds
By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2013, 5:56 p.m.
It's a common medical refrain: Carrying extra pounds raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of a premature death.
But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight?
A new analysis of nearly 3 million people suggests maybe not.
The finding, published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., pooled data from 97 studies encompassing adult men and women in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, India and Mexico.