A well-publicized study and a spate of popular books raise questions about the ill effects of being overweight. Their conclusions are probably wrong.
Two years ago Katherine M. Flegal, a re*search*er at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did a new statistical analysis of national survey data on obesity and came to a startling conclusion: mildly overweight adults had a lower risk of dying than those at so-called healthy weights.
Can Fat Be Fit? -- [ HEALTH ]: Scientific American