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Can an obese person survive longer without food?

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Dr. Kenneth Foreman
Bariatrics

In brief: Maybe

An obese person will have more fat stores, but also more fat-free mass (muscle, bone) to carry the extra weight.
This may allow them to survive longer without food. As with thin people, they will begin to break down muscle, so this is not a safe way for the obese person to try to lose weight.

In brief: Maybe

An obese person will have more fat stores, but also more fat-free mass (muscle, bone) to carry the extra weight.
This may allow them to survive longer without food. As with thin people, they will begin to break down muscle, so this is not a safe way for the obese person to try to lose weight.
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