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Published: Sunday, Sept. 22 2013 3:20 p.m. MDT

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tranquility base, 00

Why don't Doctors ever look embarrassed that they've been wrong about so many things. They gave all the women estrogen and then found out it causes cancer, they gave overweight people Phen Phen and gave them heart attacks and that was just in the last 20 years. The list goes on and on. They may as well still be bleeding us with leeches.

I can't even remember if it's butter or margarine I'm supposed to be using now.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I worry about getting diabetes, Family history, there is a lot of it. Having a spare tire around my middle, The Dunlap, over my belt buckle. It's a concern to me. I got to hang with self motivated people cause I'm not. If I hang with those that drag me down I can get the Dunlap fast.

no fit in SG
St.George, Utah

Isn't this confusion simply about money?
Businesses, the medical community, authors, food related sites, exercise gurus, media, etc. continue on with their new theories of weight loss.
The public, looking for the miracle cure for obesity, are eager, gullible consumers.
Eat less, eat healthier, move more. You will lose weight and become a fitter, healthier individual.

The Dixie Kid
Saint George, UT

Well being fat sure doesn't help your health at all.

Alpine, UT

"no fit in SG" gave the simple, yet only viable way to live healthy. And lifestyle is the only realistic solution to many people's weight and health problems. If medicine had the solution to our health care crisis, people would be getting healthier. But, people are not getting healthier. Medicine treats only the symptoms of diabetes, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular dz., high cholesterol, not the cause of these diseases. Medicine would go bankrupt if they recommended and relied on healthy choices. As is, if people don't die from these diseases, they stand the risk of dying from the side effects of prescription drugs, after going through multiple surgeries that, again, fix only the symptoms of these diseases.


Length of life isn't the only or even best measure to use, I think quality of life, while more difficult to measure, is much more important to most of us. I personally feel much better and am much happier when I am eating healthy foods and exercising, the psychological difference for me is substantial.


>I can't even remember if it's butter or margarine I'm supposed to be using now.

Butter, because it tastes better.

Glendora, CA

Another over emphasized item is statin drugs. If your cholesterol is just 1 point over 200, the MDs push your Zocors, Crestors, Simcors, etc. It causes side effects, such as severe muscle pain, more than their claims of "rare" side effects. It's a huge money-making industry.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Do you sometimes wonder what happened to science?

Herriman, UT

Jeepers. What's next? Smoking really doesn't kill? A six pack of coke a day really isn't bad for you? How about that jumbo cheeseburger with fries? Having a spare tire around your waist is not a good thing at all. People who are overweight place greater stress on their hearts. Pure and simple. You carry around excess weight something has to work harder and that is the heart.

Ivins, UT

You will never convince me that that being overweight is just as healthy.
There is overwhelming proof that it isn't. Heart disease, Joint pain, diabetes..
How about , if nothing else, just being uncomfortable? How about going on a flight without spilling over on the guy next to you?

Layton, UT

This is a ridiculous article. Really not even newsworthy. What?? is it a slow news day?


The human body is a marvelous thing and can self regulate itself. My family started a lifestyle change that included a radical change in diet. Going from processed foods and a lot of refined sugars, to a more natural whole food base. Both my wife and son, who are both overweight, have lost weight, and I have actually gained weight. As was mentioned by a previous poster, Large Pharmaceuticals may only be interested in a 'quick fix' and all of the side affects can be worse that the disease. try taking care of yourself and see if it doesn't help with a lot of the problems.

orem, UT

This article was nice to read. A few extra pounds (not talk'n obesity) is not going to sink our health ship. It is sad to me to see people loose the enjoyment of food caused by obsessing over a few extra pounds. If you have a serious weight problem then like another poster said, eat less and move more. But I think as a culture we could chill a bit about the perfect weight and occasionally enjoy a rich, sugary treat or a warm piece of fresh baked bread slathered in real butter and homemade peach jam without guilt or remorse.

terra nova
Park City, UT

Super-size it! It's healthy!

West Jordan, UT

@Craigo - The article isn't saying that being overweight is "just as healthy" as being where you're supposed to be. All those health issues you cited are typically associated with people who are obese, not overweight. Too often people confuse the two terms. You can be carrying an extra 10 lbs and you're technically "overweight" but not obese. This article is simply stating that people who are just overweight (not obese) aren't as at high of a risk for other health problems as those who are obese.


I think there's something to it if you are statistically a little overweight not obese. Wouldn't it help also if you were starving if you had a little fat to live off before the body starts leeching off muscle.

I still notice,though, that I can run faster and longer if I am a on the slim side, and I imagine that the need to replace knee joints etc would be less if you were lighter, given you don't have osteo perosis which a lot of women seem to get.

UT Brit
London, England


You wont be overweight by occasionally eating a treat. The people who are overweight enjoy those treats on a regular basis, sometimes several a day. People seem to think they cannot enjoy food unless it is smothered in gravey, deep fried and the portion size enough for three people instead of one.

Having "excess" weight is not good in any way shape or form.

Burley, ID

Anyone else find the humor in the title of the news article, "Carrying a little extra weight?" and then showing people who are clearly obese.

Carry an extra 50 pounds or more doesn't qualify. IMHO

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

Krista in the article could probably drop some weight if she found an exercise that is the right intensity. Walking will not do it. An overweight person can walk all day long and stay overweight. Biking will not do it either unless you go hard enough. Running would do it as long as you actually run - being airborne for significant periods of time that is, which begins to happen roughly at 10:00 per mile pace. The challenge for someone overweight is that they would be lucky to do that for about 100 meters or so before it becomes unbearable. But if they go slower, it is not enough stimulus to produce a shift in metabolism. So they are in a predicament. A way out could be to run at 10:00 pace for a little bit, then walk to rest, then run again, repeat for about a total of full mile of running. Do this 6 days a week gradually reducing the length of walking breaks until the fitness permits running the full mile in 10:00. By the a good portion of the weight will be gone.

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