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    Yes! There’s never a longevity benefit from being fatter. There’s another explanation, too, for the paradoxical result of the BMI studies. It is that being congenitally stout does not hurt your health, but overeating does. So in our culture it happens that people with “fat genes” are very likely to be chronic dieters, especially women. People who are congenitally fat, but who keep their bodies within a normal range by dieting may have the best health statistics of all. This would agree with rodent studies.