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).