A German obesity specialist has said that fat people live longer since their brains are better nourished under stress as compared to their skinny counterparts.
Achim Peters is of the opinion that people who are fat are able to cope with the stresses of modern life as their metabolisms are in a better position to manage it. This may not be the case with thin people.
Studying brain and its connection with weight associated issues for the past thirty years, the specialist feels that it is a misconception that fat people die faster.
He said: 'People react to a stressful, uncertain circumstance in two different ways. Some eat and become fat. The others refuse food and become thin. The ones who become really ill are the thin ones. The fat ones are, in comparison with the thin ones, much healthier.'
According to him, the concern is certainly on those who are thin and stressed out rather than those who are fat and stressed out. 'We have to worry much more about the thin stressed people than about the fat stressed people. Yet they are not regarded widely as having a problem precisely because they are thin. But in fact they die earliest,' He said.
Not eating when people are stressed means brain gets nutrients from within- which is the muscles and organs rather than from food. 'So far, only the relationship between being overweight and mortality has been studied. The cause of the mortality is not in just being overweight, it lies in stress,' he concluded.