Being fat is unhealthy, no matter how much leftists try to whine otherwise (see Wonder Woman is ‘FAT SHAMING!’ By Promoting Health Foods and Swimsuit Designer Called ‘Fat-Shamer’ For Hating Amy Schumer Cover). But this new “fat but fit” trend? A new study calls it a gross exaggeration.
Medical scientists from the University of Birmingham have countered the theory that people can be fat but medically fit with new research which claims that obese people remain at greater risk of developing heart disease, strokes and heart failure than people of normal weight.
The study, as yet unpublished, was presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Portugal, this week. It looks at the medical records of 3.5 million people in the U.K. between 1995 and 2015 to assess the legitimacy of the ‘fat but fit’ theory.
Medical research has previously suggested that obesity can have little impact on a person’s chances of contracting various harmful diseases if they are otherwise medically healthy. However, the latest research, which tracked obese but “metabolically healthy” people, found that they continued to be at higher risk of developing diabetes and heart-related diseases later in life.
Now, no one is saying we go around issuing shame cards every time we see an obese person reading: “You a fat, fat, fatty McFatterson.” No one is saying we should stop a fat stranger to say: “You’re not fit, you’re fat, you’re going to die.” No one is saying we should all sashay up to a fat person in spandex and shake our money maker in their faces, teasing: “Dis ass is fit, your ass is not.” But if you feel so inclined, for the love of all things cheese, take video. Tweet us.
What we are advocating for is simple truth. We’re advocating we stop lying to ourselves and to the obese about “fit but fat.” Carrying around seven spare tires does not a healthy body make. Overweight people already know they’re overweight. But what they don’t need to hear is “It’s okay, you’re fit, you’re just fat over it.” Plenty of overweight people have muscle underneath the fat. They can lift heavy weights, run, jump, perform full extension pull-ups. So they may be strong muscularly, but are doing no favors to their heart and body in general.
If you or someone you know is struggling with weight loss, please don’t believe all the oft-repeated diet myths which have likely failed you (no, it’s not as simple as “calories in, calories out”). Here’s an oldie but a goodie interview with diet and health expert Robb Wolf.