It’s OK to be fat

Doctors across the land probably sighed in despair when the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study came out, resigned to their patients saying, “So, the government says it’s OK to be fat.”

Well, sort of, maybe, yes.

Confirming an earlier study, the researchers found that being moderately overweight actually seemed to protect against a range of health risks, with fat people having lower death rates than the underweight from lung diseases, infections, injuries, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. The risks of dying from heart disease and cancer are about the same, although being overweight does boost the chances of expiring from diabetes and kidney disease.

The findings were not quite so good for the obese, who do, in fact, have much higher death rates from heart disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity-related cancer, diabetes and kidney disease.

What this suggests is that the dangers of being fat, like two-thirds of U.S. adults are, have been exaggerated, while the perils of being obese, which one-third of adults are, have not.

Health officials note that there are other considerations to being fat, like mobility and quality of life, than just hoping to beat the morbidity tables.

Studies regularly seem to come out that find something we always thought was bad for us really isn’t — and visa versa — but it’s probably not a good idea to plan your life around that happening.


  1. Sandra Price

    I’m packing a few extra pounds but at my age, it helps keep the wrinkles down all over the body. I wear a bathing suit every day when I do my workouts at the rec. center and am not the least concerned with how I look. I am physically active even with a couple of knee and hip replacements and feel like a million dollars. I was thin when thin was in and an no longer concerned with my appearance at this time.

  2. Carl Nemo

    Based on how our government has failed us in all areas in recent years, I’d say nothing, and I mean nothing that comes from any agency has any merit or veracity.

    Many people are obviously overweight with many being morbidly obese; ie., about 30 pounds in excess of their BMI (Body Mass Index). The deadly fat is organ fat; ie. fat that’s found surrounding vital organs, the heart, liver, kidneys etc. If anyone has watched surgical procedures as shown on TV for educational purposes, the amount of internal fat surrounding organs can be quite large. Before surgeons can even perform the necessary transplant or excision of a defective organ they have to work their way through these layers of internal fat.

    Back in August of this year Reg Henry wrote an article about his personal excercise experience as it relates to running. I was the only respondent to the article. Rather than ramble about what folks can do to help their condition I thought I’d simply post a link to that past article.

    The human body was designed to worked and worked hard if necessary. Our modern lifestyle is unnatural and is at odds with a healthy body and lifestyle. You don’t have to count calories, but it should be common sense that if you shovel in more food of any type including alcohol it’s going to add on the pounds over the weeks, months and years if one doesn’t make an effort to either balance out the caloric intake with an individuals daily exertions or one has to do something to kick up their metabolism through “sensible” excercise.

    In addition to aerobic type excercise one should consider working out with weights, not to build an unrealistic beautiful body, but simply to build muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fatty tissue and the more muscle one has the more calories they will naturally burn even without exertion.

    Dr. Oz a frequent guest on Oprah Winfrey has mentioned the necessity of bulding muscle mass as a key ingredient in the war against fat and creeping obesity. Keep the program realistic and simple and you will succeed. Make excercise the equivalent of flossing your teeth to prevent plaque etc. Hopefully sensible folks are flossing their teeth… 😉

    In this case you will eliminate and prevent the excess buildup of fat which in terms of internal organ function could be construed to be a form of body plaque. It’s said that if one repeats a routine for at least 21 days it will become second nature and to not perform the routine will make the person feel at odds with themself. It’s true. If you can kick in a new program and stick with it for at least the first month then the inertia of this newly implanted routine will seem both natural and necessary.

    If you trust your government concerning this issue of fat then your body will end up no different than most our government programs and functions; ie., in a state of total, absolute, dysfunctionality… 😐

    Carl Nemo **==