In a new book, The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier , for example , the American cardiologist Carl Lavie argues that people with certain chronic diseases and also moderate overweight or even obese , often live longer and better than people with normal weight with the same ailments .

This may be true for a small proportion of people , but posts like this should be cause for concern as it can lead to complacency , delaying government actions , the medical personnel and those affected against overweight .

You really can be obese and fit?

Lavie The idea is not new. An increasing number of reports show that it is possible to have a body mass index (BMI ) in the range of 25 or even 30 and yet be metabolically healthy , which is defined as the absence of certain risk factors for metabolic diseases typically associated with overweight or obesity, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.

Recent research suggests that it is only a matter of time that obese people are metabolically healthy start developing health problems. Overweight people are twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knee and this risk increases with weight.

Being overweight also increases the difficulty to perform daily activities such as walking, rising from a chair or climbing stairs.

Promote the idea that it is possible to lead a healthy life at any weight, which can potentially lead us to complacency and neglect , is bad.

Governments must take urgent steps to ensure that healthy diets are easily accessible for everyone and that diets high in fat and / or processed sugar are difficult to access. It also necessitates more investment in research to find better ways to help people lose excess weight .

Anyone who is overweight should do everything possible to decrease gradually and should do so as soon as possible , while your body is still able to lose weight.

The longer we wait to try to lose those extra kilos later , it may be impossible to do without surgery or other extreme measures.

It's your health , take care !


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