THEY may make summer holidays a concern for some.
But love handles and a paunch might actually be good for you.
It has emerged that having a bit of extra padding around the waist may help you live longer.
Although the dangers of being obese are now well documented, having this extra weight in your 40s and 50s isn’t necessarily bad.
According to new research fat plays a key role in regulating vital energy supplies and helping with the immune system.
Fat acts as a reserve of vitamins and minerals, helping to counter malnutrition in later years, and it also acts as a layer of insulation for the major organs.
Moreover carrying a little extra weight can increase bone density, which can help prevent brittle bones, particularly in older women.
“The dangers of obesity have been highly exaggerated,” explained NHS dietitian Lucy Aphramor.
“Even when a fat person suffers a heart attack their weight isn’t necessarily the culprit. It was much more likely the result of a poor diet and a lack of exercise.”
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