Being overweight doesn't uniformly increase a person's risk of dying

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

It just might be possible to be a little fat, and still be fit.

A new government study suggests being 25 pounds overweight doesn't appear to raise a person's risk of dying from cancer or heart disease.

In fact, the study shows it actually appears to help people survive some illnesses such as emphysema and pneumonia, baffling several leading health researchers.

But the news isn't all good. Overweight people do have a higher chance of dying from diabetes and kidney disease. And people who are obese, more than 30 pounds overweight for their height, have a higher risk of death from a variety of factors.

The study appears in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association. It analyzed the body-mass index of people who died from various diseases.

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