Study: Overweight People Face Lower Mortality Risk
Overweight individuals are 6% less likely to die for any reason than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In addition, the study found that individuals with a BMI of 30 to 35 -- a range considered to represent the first stage of obesity -- had a 5% lower all-cause mortality rate than individuals with a "normal" BMI.
- "Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed To Be Overweight" (Belluck, New York Times, 1/1).
- "Research: A Little Extra Fat May Help You Live Longer" (Aubrey, "Shots," NPR, 1/2).
- "A Few Extra Pounds Won't Kill You -- Really" (Beck, Wall Street Journal, 1/1).