Overweight people live longer
'People who are overweight but not obese have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight, federal researchers are reporting today. The researchers--statisticians and epidemiologists from the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--also found that increased risk of death from obesity was seen for the most part in the extremely obese, a group constituting only 8% of Americans. And being very thin, even though the thinness was longstanding and unlikely to stem from disease, caused a slight increase in the risk of death. The new study used the federal government's own weight categories, which define fatness and thinness according to a "body mass index" correlating weight to height, regardless of sex. For example, 5-foot-8 people weighing less than 122 pounds are underweight. If they weighed 122 to 164 pounds, their weight would be normal. They would be overweight at 165 to 196, obese at 197 to 229, and extremely obese at 230 or over.' More here. In related news, Yale Professor Craphogger has shown that because people who eat too much have larger bowel movements, they "make love with greater vigor, because their stronger anal musculature occasions more robust pelvic thrusts."