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Drop­ping a few kilo­grams can help you feel like a mil­lion bucks, but here are other big rea­sons to get you mov­ing

1 2 3 4 5Los­ing just 5 per cent of body weight can im­prove liver func­tion, the Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity School of Medicine in the US re­ports.

“Be­ing a healthy weight puts less strain on your back and your body,” phys­io­ther­a­pist Kusal Goonewar­dena says.

Obese peo­ple are 27 per cent more likely to have a mi­graine, ac­cord­ing to a study by Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity in the US.

“When you’re over­weight, it’s harder for your body to be in align­ment be­cause it takes more ef­fort,” Goonewar­dena says.

A Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal En­docrinol­ogy & Metabolism study found weight loss in obese women led to im­proved brain func­tion. Re­search shows that those nasty symp­toms might feel worse when it’s chilly, but the tem­per­a­ture it­self doesn’t make us more sus­cep­ti­ble to viruses. The rea­son we tend to get sick more of­ten in win­ter is be­cause we spend so much time in­doors, where bugs spread more eas­ily. THE b+s TEAM Editor Gemma Suther­land Deputy editor Liz Gra­ham Chief sub-editor Katie Hendry Fea­tures writer Rosie King Art di­rec­tor Barry Good­win De­signer In­grid Sant Ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant Juna Xu Con­tact us (02) 8045 4814, feed­[email protected]­ Ad­ver­tis­ing en­quiries – NSW (02) 8114 7407 Vic­to­ria (03) 9292 1735 Queens­land (07) 3666 6988 West­ern Aus­tralia (08) 9326 9174 South Aus­tralia (08) 8206 3551 Tas­ma­nia (03) 6230 0494

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