Study: Being overweight could extend life

More weight can lower death risk

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Historically, diet companies like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem have mostly targeted women. Now that more than 30% of American men older than 20 are overweight, companies have started targeting men as well.

If you made the New Year resolution to get to the gym and lose a few pounds, you may not have to.

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association says being slightly overweight may actually help you live longer.


Researchers looked at data on nearly 3 million adults around the world.

They compared the body mass index, a measurement of weight in relation to height, to the risk of death.

The study found people with a little extra weight had a six-percent lower risk of dying compared to people considered "normal" weight.

It's not an excuse to pack on the pounds.

Obese people had more than triple the risk of dying, according to the study.

The research looked at only death, not chronic medical conditions.

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