Overweight and Lower Mortality?

Reposted from CNN.com:

Being overweight linked to lower risk of mortality
By Laura Blue, TIME.com, January 2

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • People who are overweight but not obese may live longer than those of normal weight
  • The findings come from a review of research papers covering nearly 3 million people
  • Researchers say it’s possible that overweight and obese people get better medical care

The longest lived among us aren’t necessarily those who are of normal weight, says a new study.

According to new research this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers say that being overweight may lead to a longer life.

The somewhat surprising conclusion comes from an enormous, detailed review of over 100 previously published research papers connecting body weight and mortality risk among 2.88 million study participants living around the world.

The new research confirms that obese people, and particularly those who are extremely obese, tend to die earlier than those of normal weight. But the findings also suggest that people who are overweight (but not obese) may live longer than people with clinically normal body weight…

Read the full story CNN story here.

The citation to the full research article is:
Flegal KM, Kit BK, Orpana H, Graubard BI. Association of all-cause mortality with overweight and obesity using standard body mass index categories: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
JAMA. 2013 Jan 2;309(1):71-82. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.113905
PMID: 23280227

Read the full open access research article here.

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