Today there was an article from AP-Health titled, “CDC Links Extra Pounds, Lower Death Risk.” It seems that perhaps earlier studies were incorrect in telling us that if we carried some extra weight we might as well start picking out our coffins. There is instead a benefit in weighing more than the guidelines say. In fact, skinny old people have an increased risk of dying! Of course, they are not talking about really obese people. Obese people are still at an increased risk due to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. But for all you people who are obsessing about that extra 10-20 pounds? Relax. It’s okay now. And I just want to thank all the people who did the earlier studies who made us feel desperately awful about ourselves.