Forget Those Last 10 Pounds
Last month a study in the journal Obesity showed that being perfectly slender might not be best when it comes to good health. Too much extra weight (i.e.- being obese) isn't good, either. It turns out the people who live the longest are those in the middle, who are considered overweight, with a BMI between 25-29.9. For example, a woman who is 5 4" and 155 pounds would fall into this category. (Not sure what your BMI is? Calculate it at womansday.com/BMI)
Maybe slightly-overweight people live longer because they're less likely to break a hip or become malnourished if an illness suddenly causes them to lose a lot of weight? It's anyone's guess at this point, but it sounds like good news for people who are struggling to lose those last 10 pounds. Maybe you'd be better off—emotionally and physically—if you just let them be.
If your weight is currently in the normal range, however, this study isn't an invitation to start double-fisting milkshakes. People who are overweight tend to have a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Plus once you're overweight, it's that much easier to find yourself slipping into the dangerous obese category (BMI of 30+) as you get older.
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