Curvy Women Just Might Live Longer, According To Study

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Curvy Women Just Might Live Longer, According To Study
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Those few extra pounds might do you some good.

This may be the first time that you hear having a little extra weight on you may be good for your health. While obesity and weight have been an ongoing debate and will continue to be for a very long time, a new study found that there may just be a positive relationship between weight and life expectancy.

The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) conducted a study entitled the 90+ study in which they studied the "oldest old", or the older generation 90 and above, to determine what is contributing to their long lifespan. With over 1,600 people who enrolled in the study, the results were widespread. And a major finding for them was discovering that people who were overweight in their 70s lived longer than normal or underweight people did.

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With that being said, there is no doubt that extreme obesity can (and will) lead to illnesses, diseases, and even death. However, what about weight gain on a minor scale? Other than the physical aspects of weight gain, how can weight gain on a small scale benefit its party?

One-third of every American falls under the "overweight" umbrella. A study in the Journal of American Medical Association found that there was no increased risk of death, even in those considered slightly obese in technical terms.

The right amount of fat can help with the body's insulation, body function, as well as vitamin and personal shock absorption. And with life being so unexpected, having that extra body fat for all those unexpected and sometimes scary situations can be a good thing.

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As explained on National Public Radio (NPR) by Dr. Steven Hymsfield of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., in certain instances having a couple extra pounds can help you live longer because those extra pounds protect you against serious possible injuries."If you fall and you fall on vulnerable bone, like the hip, having a little extra fat there might protect you from hip fracture," Hymsfield told NPR. Or, if you come down with a sickness in which your body begins to reject food that extra stored body fat will work greatly in holding you over until you get better.

When it comes down to hypothetical and accidental situations such as falling or a sickness unrelated to weight occurs, yes: a slightly pudgier person has a better chance of coming out completely okay. However, it's hard to argue with the fact that the best way to guarantee a healthy, long life is through healthy lifestyle changes in diet and physical activity.

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Lani Akingbade is a writer residing in New Jersey. When she is not pitching and creating articles for YourTango, she is reading stories, catching up on her academics, or painting.