Thursday, September 13, 2012



I have always tried to DEFEND myself by saying sure I am a tad chubby...even "clinically obese" if you use the lame ass BMI formula.  But I FEEL great...and I know I am STRONGER, FASTER and MORE FUNCTIONAL across everything.  The above is a good article on those that may be carrying extra weight but are "Metabolically Fit" and pose no greater risks of heart disease and other things than a "skinny" person.

here are some key take aways from the article...

obese people were found to be at no greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer, compared with normal weight people, as long as they were metabolically fit despite their excess weight.

The finding runs counter to the prevailing wisdom that weight is in and of itself a marker of health; rather, it suggests that a person's level of physical fitness, in addition to his or her weight, matters too. “Weight is a major issue when it's combined with a metabolic abnormality,” says study co-author Dr. Timothy Church, director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge. “When you have weight plus insulin resistance, weight plus hypertension, weight plus abnormal cholesterol — then you have an issue. Obviously the more overweight and the more obese you are, the more likely you are to have a metabolic abnormality.”

So what exactly is going on? Being metabolically fit may be the game changer, says Church, and physical fitness — irrespective of weight — is a strong predictor of whether or not you're going to be metabolically fit. 

final thoughts...

The bottom line is that the new findings aren't an excuse to remain overweight or obese: although research increasingly suggests that excess weight alone may not necessarily lead to disease or early death, you're still more likely to develop other metabolic risk factors that contribute to chronic disease if you're overweight.

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