EDITORIAL: Thumbs up and down

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: A little extra padding not that bad?

Too soon to ask if you’re already broken that New Year’s resolution? 

Maybe so. But just in case you needed a boost while weighing the cost of all those extra holiday calories, a new study has been released which shows people who are a little overweight are less likely to die in any given period of time than people of normal weight.

Being WAY overweight — substantially obese, or having a body mass index (BMI, calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared) of 35 or higher — significantly increases your risk of death. That’s not a surprise. But for the 30 percent of the U.S. population considered moderately overweight, the risk of death is actually slightly less than those whose BMI is in the normal (18.5 to 25) range. 

There are lots of unknowns the study didn’t address. For example, it’s not known why people with heart disease, diabetes and similar conditions live longer if they’re overweight or obese … but the extra pounds seem to help.

Predictably, experts say the report’s results shouldn’t be considered a license to eat more.   

THUMBS DOWN: Gov. McCrory’s start

New N.C. Governor Pat McCrory took the oath of office Saturday in a private ceremony in the Capitol building in Raleigh. It was the first time in a long time that the public wasn’t allowed to attend the swearing-in of our state’s governor — not a great start for a candidate who promised openness and transparency and who campaigned on changing the closed-door culture of politics in Raleigh. 

The media was also mostly excluded. One “pool” reporter and one television camera were allowed to record the event, along with McCrory’s family members and supporters.

Creating a tight circle for himself during his official swearing in isn’t the worst transgression McCrory could commit. And we’ll all be allowed to hear his inaugural address and attend a parade in his honor Jan. 12. But we hope his administration is as open as he promised it would be.