It is no secret that being obese has many drawbacks. Not only does it reduce your appeal, but it can also give way to a ton of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, and even colon cancer.
And according to a new study, 10% of diseases involving the kidney, liver, and gallbladder can be due to having excess weight. As if that’s not enough, 41% of uterine cancers had been observed to have a link to obesity.
With all these unfortunate conditions tied to being obese, it is difficult to even think that there are advantages to obesity. But surprisingly, there are actually benefits you can gain if you carry around some extra weight, such as:
You’re not as unhealthy as you think.
Yes, according to several studies, body weight is not the real problem when it comes to how healthy we are. Rather, it’s the amount of physical activity you’re involved in and the nutrition you’re getting.
Excess fat can be helpful.
That extra fat you’ve hated on may be useful for you, especially when you’re sick. According to a number of studies, excess fat can give you extra energy when you’re not feeling well.
You could live a longer life if you’re fat with a heart disease.
This is definitely shocking. But a study has claimed that if you have high body fat and you’ve been diagnosed with heart disease, you have a lower chance of dying than people who are four times less your total weight.
You’re safer from arthritis.
A research published in the Rheumatology journal claims that obese men have lower chances of developing chronic rheumatoid arthritis than those who have normal body weight. With almost 400 patients studied and surveyed, the researchers were able to gather that obesity can lead to 63% less chance of developing the said musculoskeletal disorder because of the added bulk in the abdomen that can combat the condition.
Being fat can help protect your brain.
According to another research, this time published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, having excess fat can increase protection against dementia. While one reason why there are fewer obese people who develop dementia is because many of them die young, the study showed that being fat can lower the chance of developing dementia by up to 25%.
While obesity is tied to several diseases, there are also benefits of having excess fat. The biggest problem obese people are facing is the social stigma, which may involve face discrimination and even having lower acceptance rate for employment.