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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fat, but healthy..

From the AP:

You can look great in a swimsuit and still be a heart attack waiting to happen. And you can also be overweight and otherwise healthy. A new study suggests that a surprising number of overweight people - about half - have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while an equally startling number of trim people suffer from some of the ills associated with obesity....The first national estimate of its kind bolsters the argument that you can be hefty but still healthy, or at least healthier than has been believed....The results also show that stereotypes about body size can be misleading, and that even "less voluptuous" people can have risk factors commonly associated with obesity, said study author MaryFran Sowers, a University of Michigan obesity researcher...."We're really talking about taking a look with a very different lens" at weight and health risks, Sowers said.

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John said...

An interesting note that I think you're hitting on here is that most blood pressure, cholesterol and other issues people tend to have are genetic traits. I remember once going to the body museum in DC, and they showed a cross section of two bodies, one with clogged arteries and the other clean as a whistle. One was a 300lb fat guy and the other was a marathon runner. They asked you to guess which was which, and it was the marathon runner who had the clogged arteries.

Very interesting article. I remember Penn & Teller did an episode about this on their show Bullsh*t

Jody L. Wilcox said...

Hey, that was a BS episode wasn't it......the old saying don't judge a book by it's cover applies in this case