Girls, forget the argument that being a bit heavier is bad for your health. New research shows the exact opposite. Seriously. Here's the Dutch article, which I will summarize for you: -Common knowledge has it that overweight represents health risks. The truth is more nuanced. -Recent research shows that people with a higher body mass index (BMI) than the one considered "normal" do not have a higher, but in fact a lower mortality. -Persons with a BMI between 25 and 30, nowadays considered to represent "overweight", are not "obese". Research which said that all people with overweight have a higher risk of dieing earlier, are wrong, because of this group the really obese people (BMI higher than 35) account for the vast majority of excess mortality. -Researchers therefor zoomed in on the specific group of people with a BMI between 25 and 30 and they found that they live longer than people with a normal BMI. People with a "normal" BMI and who have never smoked between age 25 and 60, even have a 50% higher chance of dieing earlier than similar people with a high BMI but who are not obese. -According to the new research, overweight protects the body against many infections, which are a key factor causing death in the general population. Excess body fat also strengthens the bone structure, preventing such death-causing events like hip fractures, which are very common in older aged people. -Most importantly, the researchers found that "heavier" people are generally happier and enjoy better psychological well being. The happiness factor can explain the longer lives. People with a higher than normal BMI also commit less suicide than the group with a "normal" BMI. -The findings were most outspoken amongst women. Cool. Ladies, let these pounds hang, but don't go too far. I like a real chick with good feminine forms and a bubble booty. They're happy and sexy. Just like I want them. What I will never encourage, though, is the trend of fattening farms, where girls go to grow a huge ass. This can end up by generating obese chicks. In any case, please feel good about your extra pounds. It's a sign of health!