Thursday, April 21, 2005

Extra weight is good for you, really

Great news from The New York Times:
People who are overweight but not obese have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight, federal researchers are reporting today.

The researchers - statisticians and epidemiologists from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - also found that increased risk of death from obesity was seen for the most part in the extremely obese, a group constituting only 8 percent of Americans.
So much for the "common knowledge" that being overweight kills. Now, if only researchers would conclude that smoking like a fiend isn't going to kill me.

Update: There more on this, including a "Fair and Balanced" take from Fox News, here.


Anonymous ajbarnes said...

As an overweight smoker, I take some comfort from this report. All we need is some reports informing us that drinking 16 beers a day extends life expectancy by 10 years.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous J F Beck said...

Alcohol, cigarettes and fatty foods, the things that make life worth living.

6:32 PM  

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