An analysis of data from eight studies found that even without metabolic issues such as hypertension and diabetes, obese and overweight people were 24% more likely to die or suffer a stroke and heart attack over 10 years or longer than their normal-weight counterparts. People with metabolic conditions had a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death no matter their weight. The findings, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, "suggest that increased body weight is not a benign condition, even in the absence of metabolic abnormalities," researcher Ravi Retnakaran said.

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