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Could Being a Little Overweight Help You Live Longer?
Date:1/2/2013

ly," he said.

This study suggests being overweight and remaining so might offer health advantages, "but moving from overweight to obese, and from obese to more obese, is a serious peril and many in the population are doing exactly that," Katz pointed out.

"By clarifying the thresholds at which weight poses a threat of premature death, this study invites us to concentrate our efforts there," he said.

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For more on obesity, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Katherine Flegal, Ph.D., senior research scientist, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; William Cefalu, M.D., chief and professor, section of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, Louisiana State University, New Orleans; David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Yale University School of Medicine Prevention Research Center, New Haven, Conn.; Jan. 2, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association


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