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Carrying a Few Extra Pounds May Not Be a Bad Thing

Well, this news has come in just in time. Now that candy-driven Halloween is over and we're preparing to gorge ourselves on Thanksgiving, a new study shows that being 25 pounds overweight doesn't appear to raise your risk of dying of cancer or heart disease. Having a little extra weight may help you to survive various illnesses such as emphysema, pneumonia and certain injuries. Those between the ages of 25 and 59 benefit the most from being a little chubby.

Researchers aren't sure why extra padding may help. Some say that extra weight may provide “additional nutritional reserves.” University of South Carolina obesity researcher Steven Blair, believes that it's possible to be fat and fit. He feels that Americans have been slapped in the face by fears of the obesity epidemic. While it's true that many Americans are obese, the number of deaths attributed to it has been exaggerated.

There's more to this study though. To hear about it then

You see, a little extra weight may not cause any problems, but being 30 or more pounds over the recommended weight for your height categorizes you as obese. Carrying that much extra weight around can put you at risk for diabetes, kidney disease, certain kinds of cancer, and high blood pressure and cholesterol that could lead to heart disease.

Many experts feel that this study is just the tip of the iceberg, and that more research needs to be done to address whether or not cancer and heart disease occurs more often in people who are overweight, or if genetics or other lifestyle choices have more of an effect.

So the point here is that a few extra pounds won't kill you, but 30 pounds or more could be detrimental to your health. Don't obsess about being ultra thin because it doesn't necessarily make you healthy. Be sure to eat a diet full of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. Try to exercise regularly, and that should keep you at a healthy weight.

Fit's Tips: Your BMI (Body Mass Index) measures your body fat based on your height and weight. If you're not sure what a healthy BMI is for your height, check out Fit's Calculator.


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