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Long live the pleasantly plump

January 2, 2013 - Ron Deuter
If you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, you might not have to be so hard on yourself if you fail.

According to a new study of nearly 3 million people published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those with a body mass index that ranks them as overweight had less risk of dying than people of normal weight.

That’s right, people with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 were not more likely to die than normal weight people, or those with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9.

But beware, the study did show that the two highest obesity categories, those folks with a BMI of 35 and up, are at high risk.

It’s also worth noting that the study did point out that BMI is not the best indicator of overall health. Factors like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar must be considered.



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