WATERLOO (KWWL)-- There's a lot of new research showing a little extra weight could actually be good for us.
We're not talking about being obese, but carrying an extra 10 to 15 pounds may not shorten your life. In fact, it could make it longer.
Two recent studies by the CDC found that people with a BMI in the overweight range are no more likely to die from cancer or cardiovascular disease.
One thing doctors stress is that a lot of these studies really depend on a person's individual risk factors.
So if you're a couple of pounds overweight, but you exercise and eat right, then you're in a better place than a smoker who's normal weight.