What are fat people good at?

Life expectancy: Not because of unhealthy - fat people live longer

Belly fat is bad, and a slim waistline keeps you healthy. A mixed salad is always better than a greasy pizza and chocolate ice cream on top. And maybe even: Anyone who is fat is difficult to restrain himself and should learn to simply pull himself together.

These are common general posts on the subject of obesity in Germany, even with many doctors.

But are they really true? There are now new studies that completely turn these facts, which were believed to be so certain, on their head. Some scientists even claim that fat people live longer than thin people. This includes the physician Achim Peters from the University of Lübeck.

His theses are based on the results of the clinical research group “Selfish Brain”, which was set up at the university in 2004 - with funding from the German Research Foundation.

Experts from the fields of brain research, psychiatry, neuroendochronology, pharmacology, biochemistry, chemistry and mathematics evaluated a total of 12,000 studies. Her surprising conclusion: being fat is not unhealthy at all. Rather, a few pounds too much even protected against some diseases.

Chubby people live the longest

In her studies published in 2009, the health scientist Ingrid Mühlhauser from the University of Hamburg was able to prove that fat people actually live longer. "The highest life expectancy is a body mass index (BMI) of 27," says the scientist.

That's pretty chubby: For example, it corresponds to a weight of 78 kilograms with a height of 1.70 meters.

And what's right now? Is being fat a medical problem - or do fat people live healthier? Martin Wabitsch, head of the working group "Experimental and clinical research in the field of endocrinology, diabetology and obesity" at the Ulm University Hospital, says: "The studies are all correct."

But he also warns. If research results were translated from English, misunderstandings and abbreviated presentations in the media could easily occur. In addition, these are statistics that cannot simply be transferred to the individual, in the sense of: I am fat, so I die earlier, or I am fat, so I live longer.

Fat people are more resilient to cancer

He refers to the results published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" by a research group at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA with 2.88 million test persons.