Being moderately overweight is not that bad at all, study says

If you think that being a fat ass makes you a miserable hag then you better think twice. There’s a new study determined to give you hope.

Researchers from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia found Americans who are 5 to 10 kilos overweight are less likely to die of heart disease and cancers. A whhhhaaat?!!

This really sounds freaky but this new study really gets on the nerves of some health experts for sure.

The research findings also reveal that those lucky overweights may also be spared from death caused by breast, kidney, pancreatic and colon cancer.

Dr. Katherine Flegal, the lead author of the study said that her team found that overweight was associated with a significantly reduced number of deaths from the aforementioned causes.

The study performed analysis on the statistics of about 2.4 million U.S. adults collected between 1971 and 2004. The researchers are surprised to find that being overweight may be protective from other causes of death not commonly associated to excess weight namely tuberculosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, the study finds that overweight people still have a higher chance of dying from diabetes and kidney diseases.

Also, the same case still exists for obese people – those who are more than 15 kilos overweight. The study says that they still have a higher risk of death from a variety of illnesses including some cancers and heart disease. Moreover, there are about 400 million grossly overweight people around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

But then again, the researchers are aware that this latest findings might be used as an excuse for an unhealthy lifestyle. That’s why Dr. Flegal has this to say:

“I would like to emphasize that our study does not change the basic public health recommendations. You should eat right, get some activity, and do not smoke. Nothing about our study changes those recommendations.”

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