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Interesting article about weight and health

People with BMIs in the "overweight" and in some cases "obese" ranges are more likely to survive diabetes, kidney failure, and heart disease than people who are "normal weight." A New York Times article discusses this: In ‘Obesity Paradox,’ Thinner May Mean Sicker

Quote: "Perhaps, some experts say, we are not asking the right question in the first place. Maybe we are so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we are overlooking other potential causes of disease."

The article doesn't end with the usual comment such as "But don't use this as an excuse to eat a dozen donuts!"

I'm looking forward to the day when they stop calling it a "paradox" that some health conditions are less debilitating to people who weigh more.

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graymalkin13
Sep. 18th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
"Maybe we are so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we are overlooking other potential causes of disease."

YA THINK??

I'm looking forward to the day when they stop calling it a "paradox" that some health conditions are less debilitating to people who weigh more.

Truly. If that day comes, it will reflect an attitude shift so profound that our culture might implode.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I can't wait for the implosion.
graymalkin13
Sep. 18th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Also...

Obesity is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes

They got that backwards.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, at least they said risk factor and not cause, but my understanding is that the cause usually goes the other way.
graymalkin13
Sep. 19th, 2012 10:15 am (UTC)
Aye, and having diabetes could be a "risk factor" for gaining weight -- because of metabolism, or meds, or other factors I can't dream up right now.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
*looking at my 40 pounds that I acquired while I was taking Avandia*

Definitely.
sabotabby
Sep. 19th, 2012 12:27 am (UTC)
"Perhaps, some experts say, we are not asking the right question in the first place. Maybe we are so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we are overlooking other potential causes of disease.

In other news, the preferred defecation regions of ursine are rumoured to be heavily forested locations.
firecat
Sep. 19th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Indeed.
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