Harvard Health Letter

Is hefty the new healthy?

Some studies have suggested that a little extra weight may be beneficial to older people. Bigger people tend to have thighbones (femurs) with higher bone mineral density readings, an indication of bone strength. A number of studies show that heavier women are less likely to break a hip than women who would generally be considered closer to a healthy weight. And some data suggests that overweight, and even obese, people do better than their normal and underweight counterparts after coronary artery bypass surgery.
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