A recent study concluded that cells found in fat could help strengthen the immune system, leading us to wonder whether there are any health benefits of being fat. Make no mistake; this is not to say that being fat is healthy! But being fat does come with some neat advantages according to some research studies. Though it sounds controversial and contrary to popular wisdom, you will find these health benefits interesting. Happy scrolling!
A better immune system: A study published in PLoS One says that the fat around an overweight person's organs called the omentum can regulate the body's defence mechanism, preventing it from causing more damage to the internal organs. Another one in 2017 led by Dr Yasmin Belkaid also reported that cells found in fat could help the body fend off infection.
Healthier mind: A study of 2 million people suggested that the overweight and obese people may be less prone to developing dementia in old age, contradicting popular notion and obesity increased the risk of the disease.
Better bone health: Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes chronic inflammation of the joints, can cause permanent bone disfiguration. Researched showed that those with higher BMI were better protected against the disfiguring bone condition. According to a study published in the journal Rheumatology, overweight men have a reduced risk of contracting the rheumatoid arthritis.
Longer lifespan: A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that some of the health benefits associated with being overweight can reduce mortality rates by 6 percent. Another one conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a higher BMI may be associated with a longer lifespan.