Puppy fat could help you live longer

PEOPLE whose New Year’s resolution to lose a little weight has already fallen by the wayside shouldn’t despair, as being plump may help them live longer.

A review of 100 studies by US Government researchers found that people of a normal weight were more likely to die early than those who were just slightly overweight. 

Possibilities as to why this might be include the chance that those who are slightly heavier will have more fat reserves to call on should they lose weight due to ill health as they get older.  Another theory is that some people who are a little plump may do more exercise and eat better than thin people who starve themselves or smoke to suppress their appetite.

A normal weight is classed as someone who has a body mass index (BMI) of between 18.5 and 24.9. Overweight is between 25 and 29.9.  Those with a higher BMI risk an earlier death than those of a normal weight.

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