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The Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that being slightly overweight may actually decrease a person’s life span, which is more in line with conventional wisdom about weight. “Our findings confirm that there is no benefit of being overweight on risk of death, and indicate that being overweight is actually associated with an increased risk of dying,” These findings apply only to those who are overweight, not to obese people. There is little debate that people who are obese are at increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and even premature death.

Carrying Some Extra Pounds May Not Be Good After All