The professor surveyed 383 patients, and found from the data gathered that overweight and obese men were up to 63 per cent less likely to develop the musculoskeletal disorder.
• Many British men don't realise how fat they are Turesson believes that excess visceral fat in the abdomen is what helps to combats the condition, and that despite the common belief that added bulk increases pressure on joints, added weight can actually help prevent arthritis.
Kit notes that fat tissue, as well as the hormones it releases, improves bodily defence mechanisms by providing vital energy reserves and anti-inflammatory agents.
But if by some metaphorical stroke of luck your body remains physically stroke-free, you will reportedly be 25 per cent less likely to encounter the symptoms of dementia on your journey through the twilight years.
If one is to believe a group of Chicagoan cytologists, the deep layers of fat around an obese individual's organs (called omentum fat for those biologically-minded amongst you) can interact on a cellular level with your immune system.
An interesting observation, but probably not a convincing enough reason to start approaching every meal like an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Those lithe gym-goers amongst you may find this hard to believe, but your corpulent counterparts have verifiably better stamina than you between the sheets.