New Study Says There’s No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity

There’s a persistent and controversial question dividing researchers: Can you be very overweight and also very healthy? The research suggesting people can be healthy at any size was intriguing. But the tide (and the research that supports it) is turning, with many researchers saying it’s simply not possible to be fit and obese.

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at 14,828 metabolically healthy Korean adults with no known heart disease found obese people had a higher prevalence of early plaque buildup in the arteries compared to normal weight people. The researchers defined obesity in the study as a BMI over 25; in the U.S. obesity is defined as a BMI over 35. The researchers conclude that even though these people may not have heart-related disease yet, their weight is still taking its toll on their health.

Source: New Study Says There’s No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity

I think the issue comes to what the definition of “obese” is.  Being “fat” amounts to anything other than an extremely low body fat percentage.  The news of “healthy fat” might have enabled some to overestimate their relative health, fooling themselves into thinking they don’t need to make more effort.  Those people are out there, but I truly believe they are a corner case – an extreme end of the spectrum, an outlier.

The best thing you can do right now is to treat people who are obese with kindness, and do healthy actions yourself for personal preventable measures and to increase a more healthy public perception towards nutrition and fitness.  Fat shaming does not work.

The 10 Best Nutrition Tips Ever

Diet advice is a lot like fashion. Trends come—wedge sneakers, drop-crotch pants, those skirts that are short in the front and long in the back—and a year or two later they seem hopelessly out of date. But the truly stylish always look smart; you’ll never see a photo of Pharrell Williams wearing crocs or Victoria Beckham in a meat dress. Here at Eat This, Not That! we see the same thing with the lean and fit: Those who stay slim don’t follow diets or nutrition trends. They follow common sense eating strategies that keep them looking fit for life.

Source: The 10 Best Nutrition Tips Ever

Interesting tidbit: the less distinctive the scent of a particular food, the more you’ll eat of it.

Unlike most of the other yahoo articles, this one references studies to support their tips.  More findings, less fad…