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New research has shown that while people who are overweight are more likely to get heart disease, the risk of them actually dying from it, is lower than people who are underweight.

Dr Abhishek Sharma, of the State University of New York, carried out the research where he analysed 36 previous studies involving thousands of patients with coronary artery disease. He found that the death rate in those with a high BMI (over 30) were up to 27% lower, than those with a normal BMI.

Dr Sharma said: “At this stage, we can only speculate on the reasons for this paradox.

“One explanation may be that overweight patients are more likely to be prescribed cardio-protective medications such as beta blockers and statins and in higher doses than the normal weight population.”

He added: “Obese and overweight patients have been found to have large coronary vessel damage, which might contribute to more favourable outcomes [than those who have smaller damaged vessels].”

However, before you ring the Chinese and order everything on the menu, Dr. Sharma warned: “The findings in these studies should not be considered as an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the anti-obesity campaign in the best interest of public health.”


It looks like checking your BMI and blood pressure isn’t the only thing that determines your health because according to American researchers, personality is as important as family history.

They think that personality determines how well someone looks after themselves and that conscientious people are much less likely to develop a health problem than those who are careless.

Dr Norman Anderson of Duke University in North Carolina said:

“The best health care is one that treats the whole person including how their personality traits impact their attitudes and behaviours vis-à-vis their health.”

He said that his research showed that people who are more sensible at the age of 26 are in much better health  at 38 than those who aren’t sensible in their 20s.

Looks like we’ll be passing on the booze this weekend!