The older you get, the more likely you are to scan the obituaries (obits, to the practiced scanners) each day to see why people have passed away, passed on, gone to a better place, died, or whatever creative language the obituary writer used. You can say about whatever you want to say in an obituary nowadays, since you have to pay for having it printed, anyway. The older one gets, the more one observes that more and more obits are for people younger than they are. Why did they die? We ask. I don't recall that anyone ever wrote that "Heber died because he was too fat." No, actually, Heber may have died from diabetes complications, a stroke, coronary artery disease, a heart attack, a fall from limited mobility, or cancer. While cancer can't definitively be blamed on overweight, a lot of other stuff can be directly linked to obesity. My cardiologist told me a couple of years ago, "I hate to see you taking months off of your life!" So unless you already have penned the epic story of your demise, writing up whether you were freshman class president, all-state basketball, graduated from Harvard, and had umpteen kids, grandkids, and great grandkids, and don't care when it is printed, you can postpone your obituary by losing weight.