Slightly chubbier people live longer: study

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jan 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-02 15:26:57-05

Just when you’ve made the New Year’s resolution to shed a few pounds, you may not have to.

A new study says being slightly overweight may actually help you live longer.

Researchers looked at data on nearly three million adults around the world.

They compared the body mass index, a measurement of weight in relation to height, to the risk of death.

The study found people with a little extra weight had a  6 percent lower risk of dying compared to people considered “normal” weight.