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According to Fox TV obesity is far riskier but, according to research published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine, merely being overweight can also lead to premature death.

The new information appears to contradict some commonly-held beliefs that carrying a little extra weight is not harmful.

In what was one of the largest studies of its kind, involving 1.5 million people, researchers tracked the body mass index of primarily white adults over several follow-up periods, ranging from five to 28 years. Smokers were excluded as were people with known health problems, in an attempt to measure only how weight affected death rates.

The team, led by a researcher from the National Cancer Institute, concluded that otherwise healthy but overweight people were 13 percent more likely to die during the time of the study than those whose weight was considered to be within an ideal range. The sweet spot, according to the research, is to have a body mass index of between 20 and 24.9.

With obesity being considered the number one health problem in the United States there are no shortage of warnings about how harmful it can be. Dr. O'Toole explains to his patients the drawbacks of weight gain after surgery. For example, breast augmentation  patients who have gained weight may see an increase in their breast size that may later lead to sagging. Obviously, this would cause a less aesthetically pleasing result. Liposuction patients who gain weight may find that the areas where liposuction was not performed may appear larger. The bottom line is: patient having plastic surgery must be good about diet and exercise in order to maintain their results long-term.

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