A Few Extra Pounds Can be Hazardous to Your Health

Despite the belief by a very few to the contrary -- most notably that fatally, flawed paragon of conventional medicine known as the CDC -- even carrying around a few extra pounds can make the difference between life and death in middle age, according to a pair of studies in today's New England Journal of Medicine.

In an analysis of a much larger study conducted by the National Cancer Institute (tracking the health of a half-million American patients, ages 50-71, over a decade), healthy non-smokers who were defined as overweight (29 pounds or less) were as much as 40 percent more likely to die prematurely than those who maintained a normal weight. And, the mortality risk tripled among obese patients (30 pounds or more).

If that's not enough proof, among a similar group of healthy, non-smoking Korean patients (ages 30-95), those who were overweight increased their risk of death from cancer or heart disease by as much as 50 percent.

Fact is, the average American lifespan is evaporating so quickly, people still have a hard time believing it. That's why I devote so many free resources on my Web site to ensure the obesity epidemic stops here, now. Some tools to get you started toward adding years to your life instead of subtracting them:

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 355, No. 8, August 24, 2006: 779-787

New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 355, No. 8, August 24, 2006: 763-778

Yahoo News August 23, 2006

USA Today August 23, 2006

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