Baby-boomers beware: Even being a little overweight at age 50 increases your chances of premature death, a large new study reveals.
Past research has shown that being obese, roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight, increases the risk of premature death. But scientists have debated whether being overweight, one pound to 29 pounds over a normal weight, is linked to early death.
To investigate this, researchers with the National Cancer Institute examined the lifestyle habits of more than 527,000 men and women, ages 50 to 71, who were members of AARP. Participants completed surveys, including giving their weight and height. Researchers also looked at participants' death records over 10 years. Findings in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-08-22-overweight-study_x.htm?csp=N009.