Tuesday, April 19, 2005

CDC: Dangers of being overweight overstated

HoustonChronicle.com (article)

Remember the big stink everyone made about people being overweight as a deadly, deadly thing?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated today that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.
The new analysis found that obesity — being extremely overweight — is indisputably lethal. But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight actually have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.


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