Lower death rates seen among overweight, compared to people of normal weight

04/20/2005 | NYTimes.com

As concerns about rising rates of obesity in the nation reach nearly fever-pitch, new research may tone down things a bit, showing an increased risk of death is seen only among the extremely obese, and those who are overweight but not obese in fact appear to have a lower risk of death compared to those of normal weight. The study, from federal researchers, also showed that being very thin slightly increased the risk of death.

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