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sharpiefan
05-25-2018, 12:35 PM
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It may sound strange at first, but having excess body fat could help to reduce your chances of succumbing to an infectious disease in hospital.

For the many health problems a high body mass index (BMI) can cause, there's a heated debate over whether obesity can ever be a good thing. And a number of recent studies provide evidence to support the view that there can be medical benefits to having 'too much' weight.

Research led by Aarhus University Hospital Department of Clinical Epidemiology in Denmark has concluded that obese patients admitted into hospital for an infectious disease were 50 percent less likely to die after being released than those of normal weight.

In contrast, being underweight more than doubled the risk of passing away within just a few months of being discharged.

Presenting at this year's European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria, the research team explained how they analysed the medical records of more than 18,000 hospital inpatients in Denmark between 2011 and 2015.

"Overweight and obesity were associated with substantially reduced 90-day mortality following incident hospital admission for infection," the researchers state.


There Are Some Medical Situations Where Being Overweight Could Help Save Your Life (ARTICLE LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/higher-survival-rates-hospital-infections-support-obesity-paradox)

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