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Eat More and Live Longer? The Scientific Reason Why Being Overweight Can Mean A Longer Life

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The holidays are almost over and everyone seems to be going crazy at how much weight they have gained over the most festive of seasons. People want to lose weight and shed off the holiday pounds. What you are about to read may just be the relief from the guild of over stuffing yourself with the goodies. Little has been said that we  actuallyneed some fat in our lives.

Recent research published in the The Journal of American Association suggest that it is important to have fats in our bodies. Although fat has always been considered as the stored form of excess calories, studies have revealed that fat has a significant role to play when it comes to our health.

If you have dreamt of eliminating all existing fats from your body, then that will be dangerous. In a study conducted by scientists that used rats in their experiment where they removed fats from their diet, they have discovered how the animals got sick, developed sores and paws became inflamed. They continued to lose weight until they died after four months. ( i need you to cite the sutdy and the source to this [aragraph)

They explained that it is the essential fatty acid called linoleic acid that has played the key role because it is responsible for suppressing inflammation in the body. It is also linked to reducing arthritis, cancer and other bodily disorders.

Fats are the ones that help us take in vital vitamins so having extremely low body fat translates to vitamin deficiency. And that is because certain vitamins including A, D, E and K need fat in order to be absorbed.

Fats are also important when it comes to nourishing our brains. Studies suggest that drastic fat loss can reduce brain matter. This is because myelin, a substance that is made of fat, shields our brain to make sure that signals are not lost. Researchers also discovered that low body mass index especially for middle -aged people increases their risk of suffering from dementia when they grow older.

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