A recent study on how being overweight affects health showed a link between even modest weight gain and an increased risk for heart failure. The study, which tracked the health of over 21,000 male doctors, found that for every extra seven pounds gained, the risk of heart failure rose by 11 percent over the next 20 years.

What does this mean? Maybe we should hold off on that extra piece of Christmas fudge. Or we could just exercise more.

The same study also found that men who exercised as little as one to three times a month lowered their risk for heart disease by 18 percent.

Just something to consider in this season of gluttony joy.

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