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BEING overweight can increase a person’s chances of surviving some deadly illnesses, a study has revealed.

Those with a bigger waistline were less likely to die from severe bacterial infections, it found.

Those with a bigger waistline were less likely to die from severe bacterial infections, it found

Those with a bigger waistline were less likely to die from severe bacterial infections, it foundالإئتمان: جيتي

دراسة 2,196 such patients found 26 per cent with “normal” weight died within a year, compared to nine and 17 per cent in higher BMI groups.

Study author Dr Asa Alsio, of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, قالت: “In most diseases, obesity and being overweight is disadvantageous.

This applies to several types of سرطان, cardiovascular disease and, in particular, كوفيد -19, in which a higher BMI is associated with higher mortality.

Paradoxically, it’s the other way round here.”

Obesity affects around one in four adults and one in five children aged 10 ل 11 في المملكة المتحدة, according to the NHS.

Co-author Dr Gunnar Jacobsson added: “More knowledge is needed to shed light on how body weight affects the body’s defences against infection so that treatment can be individualised.

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