Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Study: A little extra weight not deadly

O.K. This is the news out today, according to CNN. Being 25 pounds overweight does not appear to raise your risk of dying from cancer or heart disease, says a new government study that seems to vindicate Grandma's claim that a few extra pounds won't kill you.


Generally speaking, if you're 30 pounds or more over the normal weight for your height, you're considered obese.

Released just a few weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday when Americans typically overeat, the findings might comfort some who cannot seem to lose those last 15 pounds. And they hearten proponents of a theory that it is possible to be "fit and fat.

BUT..."The news is not all good:
Overweight people do have a higher chance of dying from diabetes and kidney disease.

And people who are obese -- generally those more than 30 pounds overweight for their height -- have a higher risk of death from a variety of ills, including some cancers and heart disease.

However, having a little extra weight actually seemed to help people survive some illnesses -- results that baffled several leading health researchers.

This is going to do for overweight people what the studies about drinking and health do for those of us who have a couple glasses of wine...vindicate them! What about the thousands of studies which show that being overweight? I can tell you this, my loved ones will take this information and use it to justify their decision not to exercise. I think it's a slippery slope. Once someone starts to gain weight, it doesn't take much to go over the edge to obesity. Technically, that's just 30 lbs. overweight...