02/01/2013 12:08 GMT | Updated 04/03/2013 05:12 GMT

'Weight Is Healthy' Study Criticised By Obesity Experts

A study which suggests being overweight can lead to a longer life has caused controversy among obesity experts.

One labelled the findings a "pile of rubbish" while another said it was a "horrific message" to put out.

The research, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested the overweight were less likely to die prematurely than people with a "healthy" weight.