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Benign Obesity?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Fit but fat? It is possible for me to be healthy even if I'm significantly overweight?

Uh, no. Apparently not. Researchers at Toronto's Mount Sinai hospital have taken aim at that myth.

It's true enough that I might appear to be healthy for awhile. We associate obesity most with heart attack and stroke. And the adverse effects of obesity might not show up as cardiometabolic incidents for 10 years.

But the long term effects of obesity are pretty chilling. That familiar list -- diabetes, joint problems, kidney issues, certain types of cancer, cognitive decline . . . just a few of the obesity related issues that do emerge, sooner or later. Obesity affects every aspect of human physiology and functioning.

Just what I suspected . . . sigh. Can't delude myself that there is anything benign about obesity.

So I'll be keeping on keeping on: tracking the nutrition, staying as lean as possible. Fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries for breakfast with no fat no sugar Greek yogourt (8 grams protein) and butterscotch coffee.

There. Was that so bad?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BOSS61 12/13/2013 6:32AM

    I hav actue cognvite diseese, undoubtdly bcause of obisity. Lattely it manifeests as splling errers.

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2013 9:07AM

    Thanks for the article - good to see the number of participant and length of study.
Here's to living as healthy as we can!

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LUCYSPARKS 12/4/2013 8:47AM

    Good motivating blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 12/3/2013 11:43PM

    Interesting. Thank you.

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KOHINOOR2 12/3/2013 10:21PM

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/3/2013 9:48PM

    Well, that's sure a blow to the HAES movement. Brace yourself for a series of opinion pieces disagreeing and calling the authors "fat shamers."

Right up there with their icon Holley Mangold going on The Biggest Loser.


In the end I know where *I* want to be size-wise, so I guess that's what matters most.

Comment edited on: 12/3/2013 9:49:46 PM

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TINAJANE76 12/3/2013 8:48PM

    No way is obesity benign! I may not have had major health issues when I was 33 and obese, but all I need to do is look at my parents, who are both overweight to obese and in their 60s, to see what the long-term negative effects are--heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, mobility issues. I'm glad I was able to successfully take action at a relatively young age so that I don't have a similar fate. We can't turn back time, but we do have some control over what our future looks like and I'd like mine to be marked by good health and as few preventable risks as possible.

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STRONGDAWG 12/3/2013 8:01PM

    Oh my. I can blame my forgetfulness on being overweight?

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LUCKY-LISA 12/3/2013 2:54PM

    Interesting article! And that butterscotch coffee sounds yummy!

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BLUENOSE63 12/3/2013 2:10PM

  Personally I don't believe in BMI, I believe in BMR which is your basal metabolic rate. Once you find that number how many calories you need at rest, or while working out then managing food is so much easier.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/3/2013 1:18PM

    A good reminder, thanks for posting.

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_LINDA 12/3/2013 10:38AM

    I read about this in the Health News -love how that page summarizes all the latest breaking studies on one page providing links to the reports.
It didn't ever make sense to me that being over weight could ever be considered healthy. Carrying all the excess fat couldn't be good for the system. For sure I don't ever want to see its return.
My fruit shake had blueberries, peaches, mango, pineapple and strawberries in a frozen mixture. Also had grapefruit segments before that! Love my morning fruit :)
Keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/3/2013 9:58AM

    Interesting article. At some level I think almost everyone really knows that being obese is not benign. Thanks for more ammunition for the continuing fight against obesity. It is worth it!!

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BOOKAPHILE 12/3/2013 9:14AM

    It's always easy to find someone "worse off" than we are and so feel that we aren't in such a bad way. Rationalization is NOT our friend. It's a struggle to bring weight creep down again, but it is worth it! I'm measuring myself against what I know is a good weight for me, not the others around me.

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KANOE10 12/3/2013 9:08AM

    That was an informative article. I believe it to be true. There is no other benign obesity. Your butterscotch coffee sounds wonderful.
I thought it was interesting that only 18 percent of Canadians are obese. The US is much higher.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/3/2013 8:38AM

    Good job!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/3/2013 8:21AM

    There's something even more depressing than the news in the article - some of the comments that show the depth of denial in our society.

A few comments quote misleading or false BMI "facts" to back up their opinion.
Apparently they all think they are professional athletes for whom the formula does not apply or they get the numbers wrong. 5'7 should weigh 130 lbs? Huh? According to the BMI formula, at 5'6" I can be 154 lbs before I even qualify as overweight.

I'm afraid this attitude will continue as long as the majority of our population (66%) is overweight, obese or worse.

Spark has an article today about childhood obesity and parents in denial. Many of the comments there prove the point. They take one extreme example and use that to dispute and ignore the truth.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/3/2013 8:18AM

    You're doing great!

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NANCY- 12/3/2013 8:16AM

    This is good, this is bad... Opinions fly around the room.

You are doing great by following your heart.

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SANDYCRANE 12/3/2013 8:15AM

    I read the article. It is a good wake up call for me. I am sticking with my plan and Spark People.


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CRYSTALJEM 12/3/2013 8:13AM

    Ultimately it's just easier to take care of ourselves bit by bit.

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NELLJONES 12/3/2013 8:03AM

    Not all the effects of being overweight are reversible. Once you become diabetic, it's for life. You can more easily control it by losing weight, but you are still diabetic.

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PHEBESS 12/3/2013 8:02AM

    It sounds good, but I question butterscotch coffee!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2013 7:51AM

    I have to wonder if those of us in the POW (previously over weight - or in my case previously obese) are able to reverse those long term effects, similar to how smokers once they quit see improvement in the long term effects. Thing is, it takes a longitudinal study to determine many of these things...

As for me, the immediate payback of "feeling good" is worth what I do to maintain the habits. We're worth it! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2013 7:42AM

    I saw this reported on last night's news. It was depressing. Even those of us in the "overweight" category of BMI are at risk.

I believe most overweight/obese people are in denial. Most people think because they don't have dire health problems NOW they aren't at risk. As a society we're ticking time bombs.

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