Medieval clothing has long been associated with health problems, but it also plays a crucial role in maintaining the body’s balance and functioning.
According to new research from the Australian National University, clothing worn by people who were already overweight and obese could indicate a higher risk of death.
The researchers looked at the mortality rates for a group of 5,000 people over a 20-year period, and found that people who wore heavy medieval clothing had a four times higher risk.
This increased risk of dying was mainly attributed to the weight of the person in the group.
“Our results suggest that people with a history of overweight and obesity have a greater risk of mortality than those with normal body mass index,” lead author Dr Andrew Gee, a professor of health and population sciences at the Australian University of Technology, told TechRadars.
“This may be due to the fact that medieval clothing is more likely to be associated with heavier weight and higher BMI.”
“If a person has a history in the past of being overweight and is currently obese, they may be more susceptible to the effects of a weight loss intervention,” Dr Gee continued.
The study also showed that a person’s weight could be a marker for whether or not a person was overweight or obese, and how they would respond to a weight reduction.
“If someone is overweight, it can indicate an increased risk for death, and if they are obese, it may indicate an improved risk of survival,” Dr Cai told Techradars.
The results of the study were published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
The findings highlight the importance of considering the health of people of all ages, Dr Glee said.
“The main reason why people might be more at risk of developing diabetes is because of how the body handles sugar,” he said.
In fact, there is a link between high blood sugar levels and diabetes, but this risk can be reduced by taking steps to maintain a healthy weight.
Dr Ghee added that there were several ways to help reduce the risk of diabetes, and the most important one was to lose weight.
“People who are already overweight should avoid wearing heavier clothing, especially if they have a history,” he told Tech Radars.
For more information on the research, read the article.