Study Finds Slightly Overweight People Live Longer

by Jodee on June 20, 2009

Experts have linked obesity and the risk of heart disease for some time. The results of a new study have been released, and the results are surprising. Being a bit chubby can help you live longer.

If you happen to be slightly overweight at the age of 40, you will live an average of six-seven years longer than a person who is very thin. Japanese researchers from Tohoku University followed 50,000 people between the ages of 40 and 79 for 12 years.

The idea that thin people have shorter a shorter lifespan due to illness or smoking was debunked by the study. Skinny people have shorter don’t live as long because they are more likely to get diseases like pneumonia and the research showed they have more fragile blood vessels.

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