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The Good News About Carrying A Few Extra Pounds!

HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - If you've been hiding from the bathroom scale since Thanksgiving, here's some good news: A growing body of evidence now suggests that being overweight has its health benefits and that, in fact, a person's fitness level is far more important than their weight level.

These days it seems the medical community is constantly challenging the conventional wisdom on a number of misguided assumptions and old wives' tales once viewed as irrefutable facts. Indeed, if you're keeping track at home, chocolate, coffee and beer are now all confirmed to have major health benefits.

In the spirit of blowing the lid off popular belief, HP50 decided to bring you our by-no-means-comprehensive list of nine surprising health facts, which may ease your guilt about some old habits.

For people with osteoporosis, a few extra pounds may actually be beneficial. "The more stress you put on bones, the more they grow, so someone who weighs more will have denser bones," says Timothy Church, M.D., professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. "That's an advantage as we grow older and lose one to two percent of muscle a year." Another plus to a little body fat is that it provides "volume replacement," filling in wrinkles and sunken areas of the face to provide a more youthful appearance.

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