6 Reasons Why Fat People Are Strong

Many people suppose that if someone is overweight, they might not be strong. But this isn't usually true. Actually, a lot of overweight people have lots of strength! Here are six reasons why they might have such good muscles.

Fat people have a high percentage of muscle mass

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Research shows that fat people might actually have more muscle mass than thin ones. Scientists looked at over 3,000 people and found that the muscles of overweight people were just as strong as those of thinner people. This finding goes against what some might expect—that being fat weakens your muscles, which is not true according to this study!

Older people who have more fat on their body tend to have healthier muscles than younger people with the same amount of fat. Younger individuals who carry more fat usually don’t have as good of muscle health.

Researchers studied people between the ages of 40 and 70 to learn more about their muscle mass and strength. They looked at people who were either overweight or normal-weight. They wanted to know how much fat each person had compared to fat-free mass like muscles. So they could figure out what percentage of a person’s weight was made up of muscle tissue.

The study with over 3,000 people showed that people who were heavier had more muscle than those who were thinner. Even when other things like how old someone is, their gender and how active they are were taken into account. This remained true, older folks with more body fat had way more muscle mass than younger ones.

Fat people often have a higher basal metabolic rate (BMR)

man burning fat by jumping a rope

People who are heavier than what is considered healthy for their size usually need more energy (calories). They need more just to stay awake and do nothing, compared with people at a healthier weight.

This means that these people often need to eat more food. To keep the same amount of body weight as somebody else with less energy needs while they are not being active.

If you are overweight or very heavy, it means that your body needs more calories to keep its weight. Compared to people with a healthy weight, your body naturally burns more calories when resting. So, you need to eat more food in order for your body not to lose weight.

The amount of energy that a person’s body needs to keep it running is called basal metabolic rate (BMR). People who are overweight or obese have higher BMRs, but the reason why isn’t quite clear.

One idea suggests they may have more muscle than those who weigh less. Muscles take up more energy than fat does which might be what causes the difference in BMR levels between heavier and lighter people.

Fat people are often very active

man resting in the sun between his workout

People who have more weight on their body (such as being overweight or obese) may not understand why their bodies use up more energy than people with thinner builds.

One thought is that the extra weight might be from having bigger muscles. Which require more energy just to stay at that size and weight. This could explain why heavier individuals burn through calories quicker even when they are standing still or relaxing.

Some people who are overweight may be doing more exercise than they think. Going for a walk to the grocery store and back home can count as moderate-intensity activity. Which means it gets your heart beating faster.

Other activities such as jogging would also make you move quickly enough that it could improve your health. Washing one’s car and walking around one’s apartment while talking on the phone can also be considered vigorous-intensity exercise.

Fat people often have strong legs and hips

man squatting with a kettlebell

Carrying extra weight around often causes fat people to build strong legs and hips in order to support their own body mass. While the increased weight can make it more difficult for them to walk or climb stairs. It still provides an opportunity for them to develop powerful leg muscles and nurture enduring hip strength. Thus, fat people tend to have disproportionately stronger legs and hips compared to those with a lower body mass index although it may not look like it.

Carrying extra weight can give your muscles more pressure and make them grow. But it puts too much strain on your lower back, knees, and feet which makes them uncomfortable and even painful.

To help stop this kind of pain, you need to try to lose any extra weight so there isn’t as much force put on those parts of your body.

Fat people’s extra padding can help protect them from injuries

woman squatting with weighted ball

The extra padding of fat on fat people can act as a cushion to protect them from injuries when they fall. Unlike thin people, whose bones are more prone to break when they hit the ground. This fat helps absorb the impact for fat people and causes bruises or muscle strains instead of fractures.

The extra padding can also help protect against minor injuries like bumps and bruises. This is because the fat acts as a shock absorber. to build muscle and strength.

Fat people often have a higher pain tolerance than thin people

Woman having physical pain in the gym at her legs

Many studies have been done about how much pain obese people can take before finding it too uncomfortable. The results of these studies are not always the same. Some say that they feel more pain than thinner people, while others report similar amounts as thin individuals. All results come from what someone tells scientists when asked to describe their experience with discomfort or hurt.

Study on correlation between BMI and pain tolerance

Researchers from the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences at Leeds Beckett University in the UK did a study to see how body fat percentage and how it is spread out on your body affects touch. They wanted to find out if having different levels or distributions of fat can impact your ability to feel things, such as pain.

Introduction of the study

People were divided into three groups based on their weight and BMI. The first group had a normal weight, which is less than 25. The second group was considered overweight because their average weight was between 25 and 29.9.

The last group had an even higher average weight, 30 or more, so they fell in the obese category. To figure out what percentage of body fat each person had, the four-site skin fold method was used to measure it exactly!

Methods applied

The four-site skin fold method is a convenient way to roughly figure out how much body fat you have. You do this by taking measurements at various locations on your body and putting those numbers together in order to get an idea of what kind of shape you’re in health wise.

The researchers took measurements of cold pressor pain threshold, tolerance and intensity. As well as heat-related pains such like burning sensation in your skin with hot substances. They did these pain measurements in the waist of the participants.


The results were very interesting. The researchers found that obese people were more sensitive than non-obese individuals to pressure but not thermal pain.

This may be because body sites vary in their response depending on what type and intensity of stimulus they receive. For example, some might prefer hot temperatures while others feel better with colder ones!

The inconsistent findings within research studies as well between them needs further exploration before any firm conclusions can be drawn about this topic.

Conclusion of the study

The researchers of this study had some conclusions about how obese people react to different kinds of pain and temperature.

They found that people with a higher body weight are more sensitive to pressure-related injuries, but not so much when it comes to sensing cold or hot temperatures.

Studies also show that the amount of fat around certain areas on our bodies affects out ability feeling touch and changes in temperature.

Conclusion on why fat people are strong

People who have more fat on their body may appear weaker than those with less, but research has found that they can usually handle physical activities better. Body weight is not the only factor to consider when measuring strength – the kind of fat and how much muscle a person has are also important. Even if someone looks big, they could actually be stronger than you think!

People who are overweight tend to have a higher basal metabolic rate than people with slimmer builds. Scientists don’t know why this is the case, but one idea is that heavier individuals save energy as muscle instead of fat in their bodies. This could protect them from getting type 2 diabetes later on.

Going for a walk to buy groceries is one way you can get some exercise. This activity uses different muscles in your legs and hips which makes them stronger, but it might cause pain in your back, knees or feet from too much pressure over time.

Finally, studies were done to compare how much pain obese people can take compared to non-obese people, but the group studied was very small so it’s hard to say for sure how their pain tolerance compares.

However, the results showed that obese individuals had a lower ability to tolerate physical pressure type of pain than non-obese participants, but both groups could handle heat related pains equally as well.

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