Weight study counters New Year's resolutions to shed pounds
The Kansas City Star
People who’ve made New Year’s resolutions to head to the gym to shed a pound or two — OK, maybe 50 to 100 — may change their minds after reading the outcome of a new study.
The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that people who are slightly overweight have a lower risk of dying than those who are considered the ideal weight and those who are obese. The findings of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers came from reviewing 97 studies involving nearly 3 million people worldwide.
A six-foot man is thought to be overweight at 185 pounds and mildly obese at 225 and severely obese at 260. A five-foot, four-inch woman is overweight at 145 pounds and obese at 175. She is thought to be severely obese at 205 pounds, Bloomberg reports.
The new findings are sure to give some people a license to keep eating and to maintain their sedentary lifestyle.