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.
A study of 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, said: “In most diseases, obesity and being overweight is disadvantageous.
"This applies to several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease and, in particular, Covid-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 to 11 in the UK, 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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