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EXCESS WEIGHT BOOSTS DEATH RATE

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Excess pounds can be hazardous. Medical research shows the death rate for people who are 25 percent overweight is 1.7 times normal.

For those 40 percent overweight, mortality rates increase to 2.2 times normal.Charles Sekeres, president of Physicians Weight Loss Centers, says over 60 million or 24 percent of Americans are overweight. He says people 40 percent or more overweight visit their doctors and miss work twice as often as persons of average weight.