The ‘obesity paradox’ is nonsense: Study refutes myth that fatter people have healthier hearts in old age

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Being obese in old age will not help you survive cardiovascular disease, contrary to widely-held beliefs, a new study reveals

In recent years, research has popularized the notion of an ‘obesity paradox,’ which suggests that being overweight can help to insulate older people with chronic diseases, helping them to outlive their trimmer counterparts.

But the new study took aim at debunking that notion, and showed that the paradox was based on a number of biases.

It is well documented that obesity increases the risk of developing heart diseases – among many others – and the new research demonstrates that the condition does not improve the resilience of older people against these diseases either.

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