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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?
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  • BOSS61
    I hav actue cognvite diseese, undoubtdly bcause of obisity. Lattely it manifeests as splling errers.
    1653 days ago
    Thanks for the article - good to see the number of participant and length of study.
    Here's to living as healthy as we can!
    1662 days ago
    Good motivating blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1662 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Interesting. Thank you.
    1662 days ago
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    1662 days ago
    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.

    1662 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/3/2013 9:49:46 PM
    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.
    1662 days ago
    Oh my. I can blame my forgetfulness on being overweight?
    1662 days ago
    Interesting article! And that butterscotch coffee sounds yummy!
    1663 days ago
    Personally I don't believe in BMI, I believe in BMR which is your basal metabolic rate. Once you find that number out...ie. how many calories you need at rest, or while working out then managing food is so much easier.
    1663 days ago
    A good reminder, thanks for posting.
    1663 days ago
  • _LINDA
    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!
    1663 days ago
    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!!
    1663 days ago
    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.
    1663 days ago
  • KANOE10
    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.

    1663 days ago
    Good job!
    1663 days ago
    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.

    1663 days ago
    You're doing great!
    1663 days ago
  • NANCY-
    This is good, this is bad... Opinions fly around the room.

    You are doing great by following your heart.
    1663 days ago
    I read the article. It is a good wake up call for me. I am sticking with my plan and Spark People.

    1663 days ago
    Ultimately it's just easier to take care of ourselves bit by bit.
    1663 days ago
    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.
    1663 days ago
    It sounds good, but I question butterscotch coffee!
    1663 days ago
    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
    1663 days ago
    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.
    1663 days ago
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