Study: Being fat may be healthier than constant dieting

A study of thousands of obese men and women found that more than one in three were perfectly healthy or had only slight health problems.

Contrary to the much-publicised message that you have to be thin to be well, they were no more likely to die at any given time than someone of an ideal weight.

Indeed, they were less likely to be killed by heart disease.

They were also in better health than those who had fought a constant battle with their weight by repeatedly dieting, only to pile the pounds back on.