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Does being overweight really reduce mortality? No wonder the public is confused

Expert discussion at HSPH on the controversial JAMA article which claimed that being overweight leads to reduced mortality.

Click here to view the video webcast presented by the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health: Does being overweight really reduce mortality?

Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition assembled a panel of health experts to elucidate inaccuracies in a recent high-profile JAMA article whichScale_tape claimed that being overweight leads to reduced mortality. In his opening remarks, HSPH Dean of Faculty Julio Frenk called for a deeper discussion of this matter given the conflicting reports on a topic of such fundamental importance to Americans’ health. Each panelist presented a clear, compelling case as to why the general public should not rely on these flawed study findings, giving attendees numerous reasons to question the validity of the study.

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