>Do you sometimes wonder what happened to science?Political-correctness and the mainscream media happened to science.Old-fashioned, common-sense, tried-and-true behavior doesn't sell.Unless it's being ridiculed, of course.
In case of famine, I will live longer off my extra 15 pounds than you skinny
Those pictures in the article are not of people who have "just a little
I've been both overweight/nearly obese (even as a high school multi-sport
athlete) and borderline underweight (currently as a very active almost 54
year-old man) and I like being a bean-pole better, by far. It's not so much
about what you eat as it is how you eat. While I admittedly don't eat
nearly as much as I'm able to, I now know how to enjoy every bite and every
meal is satisfying. Oh, and one more thing, sugar is the enemy.If
you're looking for justification for being sedentary and for over-eating
you will probably like what this article says. If you want to better your
quality of life, using BMI as a simple guideline for a goal is a very good way
to go about it. The action part of it needs to include eating technique AND
rigorous exercise. Lastly, if I can do it, anyone can.
I lost 40 pounds in a few months when I suffered from a severe inflamation of my
heart incident to Lupus. I had been about 20 pounds overweight, and it was a
good thing I had a few extra calories to burn. To that extent, I think this
article makes a very good point. I recognize that I need to lose
weight, and I anticipate losing LOTS of weight ... within the first year after I
I think half of you are confusing overweight with obesity...
@ Say No to BO You ask what happened to science. The answer is that BMI has
nothing to do with science. BMI was invented by Belgian polymath Adolphe
Quetelet between 1830 and 1850. Over 150 years later we are using a standard
that was based on observation of a math guru and has absolutely nothing to do
with science.In 2006, the Mayo Clinic released a study in Lancet
that said "BMI...is badly flawed and a more accurate gauge should be
developed....the researchers from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine...found
that patients with a low BMI had a higher risk of death from heart disease than
those with normal BMI. At the same time overweight patients had better survival
rates and fewer heart problems than those with a normal BMI."One
of these days, we will drop the fallacies BMI creates and find a
'real' scientific measure of one's health and risk of disease.
BMI, along with certain other tests like cholesterol (cholesterol measurements
have gone from 1 category to 3), need to be replaced with something that is not
supposedly a generic fit for all, but rather fits the individual.
"A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
indicated that those who are overweight (BMI range of 25 to 29.9) or mildly
obese (BMI range of 30 to 34.9) live just as long or longer than those with an
average BMI (18.5 to 24.9.)""This is counter to the
perceptions that healthy bodies are slim bodies."How
disappointing this must be to those bean-poles who eat like birds to be as
skinny as possible...
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.
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
@jeanie 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.
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.
@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.
Super-size it! It's healthy!
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.
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.
This is a ridiculous article. Really not even newsworthy. What?? is it a slow
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?
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
Do you sometimes wonder what happened to science?
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.
>I can't even remember if it's butter or margarine I'm
supposed to be using now.Butter, because it tastes better.
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.
"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.
Well being fat sure doesn't help your health at all.
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.
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.
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.