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About-Face on ‘Obesity Paradox’: Extra Fat Does Raise Risk of Death

Being overweight or obese at some point in adulthood may increase the risk of early death, a new study finds. The findings contradict the so-called " obesity paradox," a phenomenon seen in previous studies in which overweight people seemed to have a reduced risk of early death compared to those who were of normal weight.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears
The headline is not quite correct.  It is excess inflammation that causes an increase in all-cause mortality.  It was recently shown (Harris et al. J Clin Lipidology (2017)) that decreasing the AA/EPA ratio will have the greatest impact in reducing mortality.

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