Does Obesity Kill?

By Marsha Hudnall
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The best laid plans….  No, we’re not on WordPress yet, and at this point, we’re not sure when we will  be.  So back to the basics.

Speaking of which, did you see the study published last week that utilized the Edmonton Obesity Staging System to determine health risks of obesity?  It showed something that many of us have been saying for a long time — that you can be healthy at larger sizes.  Indeed, past studies have shown that as many as 50% of people identified as overweight according to BMI are metabolically healthy, and a little more than 30% of those identified as obese are, too.  Further, people who fall in the overweight category are also shown to live the longest.

The tragedy in this (yes, tragedy) is that many of us who are larger and healthy make ourselves unhealthy by attempting to lose weight.  It’s just not right for our bodies, and what we have to do to accomplish it is decidedly unhealthy.  To say nothing about those of us who are unhealthy, think it’s all because of what we weigh, and then undertake unhealthy measures to try to correct things.

That’s why we at Green Mountain  encourage an approach to weight management that’s all about health, not really about weight at all and especially not like the recent soup du jour, weight loss boot camps for adults.  It’s about taking care of ourselves so we can be the best we can be, regardless of the size that we end up at.

This is definitely a hard message to accept in this time of unrealistic ideals about how we should all look.  And the unrealistic ideals have additional health impact in terms of weight stigma and the stress that imparts.  But in the long run, how hard is it to fight against our basic physiology? And can we ever really win?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Hit me up in the comments below.

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