Obesity is not that bad...
The Center for Disease Control in the US has dramatically lowered obesity as a cause of death.
Packing on the pounds is not nearly as deadly as the government thought, according to a new calculation from the CDC that found people who are modestly overweight actually have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.Get that? A lower risk of death if you are modestly overweight.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that obesity accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.
According to the new calculation, obesity ranks No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death.
The new analysis found that obesity - being extremely overweight - is indisputably lethal. But like several recent smaller studies, it found that people who are modestly overweight have a lower risk of death than those of normal weight.