Study: Being overweight might have health benefits

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

It's the season for trying to get healthy. You're likely to be on a diet right now, or you at least know someone who is.

But a new study could have you re-thinking your strategy.

A new study with surprising results find being overweight might have real health benefits.

Extra holiday calories… We found lots of people trying to burn them off, and asked some of them about their new year's resolutions.

"Obviously it's to get fit,” one person said, “Same one I had last year. (laughs) But, I'm determined to do it this year."

Another person said, “To age with grace. So that's my New Year's resolution."

If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, listen up: a new study is probably going to make you feel better.

Being overweight lowers risk of death according to findings just released in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CDC researchers analyzed nearly 100 studies from the U.S. and around the world dealing with BMI, body mass index, and death rates.

CDC researcher Dr Katherine Flegal says, “There were almost 3 million people in all these studies and over 270,000 deaths."

Those with a BMI in the overweight category fared better than those in the normal weight category.

"Sometimes that surprises people, but they really should not be too surprised because in our categories of 97 studies, 80 percent of them showed that there was lower mortality in overweight than in normal weight people," Dr. Flegal explained. 

That does not apply not if you're BMI is in the obese category.

Body Mass Index is a calculation based on your height and weight. If your BMI is 30 or higher, you're considered obese.

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