Those carrying 10 to 15 extra pounds might be able to stop feeling guilty about the bathroom scale. A spate of studies show a little extra weight isn't such a bad thing, the Wall Street Journal concludes. In fact, it might even ward off diseases such as osteoporosis and help people look younger by, in the words of a dermatologist, "adding volume" to the face.
"Just because someone is slightly overweight doesn't mean they're not healthy," a registered dietician tells the Journal. That's not to understate the real dangers that result if those extra pounds lead to obesity. But the research is putting more of an emphasis on healthy eating and living rather than the number on the scale.