Can Being Obese be Beneficial?

by celine.m on April 19, 2015 - 10:40am

A new study has suggested that people who are overweight are less likely to develop dementia, a brain condition that affect’s thinking and memory, versus people with a healthy weight. In fact, overweight people were 30% less likely to develop this illness than individuals who are at a normal weight. However, healthy people were 34% more likely to develop dementia. This study is quite surprising but why is it so? There are no biological findings to support this conclusion, however many tests and findings have found a link between obesity and lower cases of dementia. Specialists are advising the population not develop obesity in order to reduce their likelihood of getting this disease. Obesity is linked to other consequences such as premature death. Therefore, obese people may not live long enough to profit from the benefit of not developing dementia.. These findings are generating interest amongst researchers because they believe that such revelations may increase their capability to find new measures to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. On the other hand, speculation is arising about these new findings as some medics are questioning the research methods, claiming that other factors, such as genetics, smoking or other behaviors amongst the participants in the study may have flawed their research findings. More research needs to be conducted to prove these conclusions but according to Dr. Malaz Boustani, if these findings are in fact true, they can lead to very important research to prevent dementia (Reinberg).

 

 

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/could-obesity-help-shield-you-from-dementia/

 

 

 

 

Comments

Even though obesity may lead to the prevention of dementia, it can lead to many other illnesses and issues which can ultimately result in death. Obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart issues such as a stroke or a heart attack, cancer, etc. Also I suggest you do a little bit more research on both sides of the issue, because if you look up something as simple as "ways to prevent dementia" on Google, one of the suggestions that can be seen is maintaining a healthy weight. There are also several other ways to prevent this illness such as:
eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not drinking too much and keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level... all which go hand in hand with avoiding obesity.
https://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ways+to+prevent+dime...

Hey, I like your subject because you rarely see that kind of title especially these days and it really surprised me.
But I think your statistics are misleading because it's deceiving by omitting information. The fact that you didn't write the number of test subjects means that the statistics could mislead us. There's a big difference between 30% of 5 people and 30% of 500.

Did the author of the article not put in the sample of the test? I would like to hear from you.