I'm not fat, I'm healthy!

or, Your Grandmama (Nana, MawMaw, etc.) Was Right!

After a study showed that "overweight" people have a lower death rate than "normal weight" people, a subsequent study was funded to find out why.

The NYTimes Health pages tell us today that while overweight people are slightly more likely to die from a handful of diseases (cancer, diabetes, heart disease), that risk is outweighed by their being much less likely than "normal weight" people to die of other diseases (including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and lung disease).

“I believe the data,” said Dr. Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego. A body mass index of 25 to 30, the so-called overweight range, “may be optimal,” she said.

Others said there were plenty of reasons that being overweight was not desirable.

“Health extends far beyond mortality rates,” said Dr. JoAnn Manson, chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Manson added that other studies, including ones at Harvard, found that being obese or overweight increased a person’s risk for any of a number of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and several forms of cancer. And, she added, excess weight makes it more difficult to move about and impairs the quality of life.
Fuck you, Dr. Manson, you anorexic killjoy. I'm not having any trouble "moving about," and I don't consider having a muffin-top an impairment to my quality of life. Oh, whatever. Me and my fat friends will tell it to your tombstone when you're dead.*

Seriously, though, if not death rates, then how do we decide who is "overweight" and who is "normal weight"? I think it's time to base it less on aesthetics and more on whether or not your body mass -- or lack thereof -- will lead you to a later or earlier grave.

*There is absolutely no reason to believe that Dr. JoAnn Manson is skinny let alone anorexic, and this comment is being made purely for OTT comedic purposes. Take the food out of your mouth long enough to laugh, you chubby bunny.

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