January 3, 2013

Why Are Overweight People Less Likely to Die?

William Saletan, Slate

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Fat is bad for you, right? That’s what doctors tell us. But a review of nearly 100 studies, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirms previous indications that the story is more complex. Being overweight or even mildly obese, as measured by body mass index, doesn’t make you more likely to die than a person of normal weight. It makes you slightly...

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TAGGED: Body Weight, Obesity