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USA – If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, you might want to reconsider. Kind of?!

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that being overweight may help people live longer.

Not what you’re used to hearing, is it?

OK, so they’re not talking about obese people, just those who are slightly overweight. Yes, the extremely obese will still kick the bucket before those that weigh less.

The conclusion, that takes into account nearly 3 million people from around the world, uses the body mass index and suggests that people with just a few extra pounds, have a 6% lower risk of dying than those who’s weight is what the association calls healthy.

The study doesn’t take into account any chronic illnesses that may be associated with being overweight. So even if you live longer, you may wish you didn’t.

Some medical professionals say the report is bunk, claiming there is overwhelming proof that excess weight leads to diabetes, heart disease, stroke and many cancers.

For those of us who are fighting our own personal battle of the bulge, this is a nice reprieve from worrying about everything we eat.

Bon appetite.