About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Older Adults may Benefit by Being a Little Overweight

by Savitha C Muppala on September 22, 2013 at 9:07 AM
Font : A-A+

 Older Adults may Benefit by Being a Little Overweight

New research seems to suggest that begin a little overweight may be good for adults in their 50s and this may add to their longevity provided they do not become grossly overweight.

A recent insight has revealed that adults in their 50s had a better chance to survive in the next 16 years if they were slightly overweight. The key point here is not to pile on extra pounds.


The risk factor of early death was found to be high for those in their 50s and who continued to gain weight. Statistics shows that 7.2 percent of deaths after the age of 51 can be attributed to weight gain among obese people.

"Our other research suggests that the negative effect of obesity on health is greater for young people than it is for older people, so young people especially shouldn't think that being overweight is harmless," lead researcher Hui Zheng, an assistant professor of sociology at The Ohio State University, said.

During the study a variety of demographic and socioeconomic factors were also considered. The study also took into account habits such as smoking and the presence of chronic illness.

Researchers found that being slightly overweight may have protective benefits for illnesses and disease come as people catch up with age. Being a little extra overweight may offer protection against nutritional and energy deficiencies as well as guard against loss of muscle and bone density.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Lifestyle and Wellness News

Shielding Your Skin: Embracing the Power of Sunscreen for Sunlit Days
Significance of sunscreen as an essential element of skincare has experienced a significant upswing in popularity due to the deleterious effects of UV rays.
The Silent Contributor of Workplace Burnout: Influence of Personal Relationships
Impact of workplace burnout on employee performance, wellbeing, and organizational productivity is extensive, yet the role of personal relationships has been overlooked.
 Natural Herbs That Will Give You Youthful, Glowing Skin
Ayurveda offers a time-tested treatment for aging skin using natural herbs and antiquated traditions that value sustainability and might do wonders for skin health.
 Brain Protein Behind High-Salt-Induced Hypertension and Cognitive Impairment
Researchers identified two key physiological systems involved in hypertension, cognitive, and emotional impairments following high salt intake.
Defying Time: Unlocking the Secrets to Wrinkle-Free Skin
Decoding the secrets of wrinkles by knowing the causes, prevention, and expert advice.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Older Adults may Benefit by Being a Little Overweight Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests