SIRC Media Watch Archive
Panics and Scares – June 2005

Overweight who diet risk dying earlier, says study. Overweight people who diet to reach a healthier weight are more likely to die young than those who remain fat, according to a study. The finding needs to be backed up by further research before sweeping changes are made to public health strategies, the authors warn, but it highlights how poorly the long-term health effects of dieting are understood. Guardian