What’s Happening: Healthy Obesity?

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Healthy obesity?

The headlines lately have been full of a new study that asked whether it was possible to be both healthy and overweight. If you’re obese, but you eat well, exercise regularly, don’t have diabetes or any metabolic problems, and are otherwise healthy, are you at any higher risk of disease than a thin person?

The researchers’ results showed that metabolic health is a much better predictor of risk than weight. From a health perspective, it’s better to be fat but metabolically healthy than it is to be thin and insulin resistant. Some comments:

In other news this week:

  • Warning: this link is not appropriate for children. And if you’re eating, you might also want to save it for later. Rolling Stone posted a viscerally powerful exposé of the factory-farm system – read it once, and you won’t be able to walk past the cheap meat in Wal-Mart again without feeling sick to your stomach.
  • Denise Minger, whose takedown of The China Study serves as an antidote to judgmental vegans everywhere, has published her book, Death by Food Pyramid! If you’ve ever wanted the full story behind those “6-11 servings of heart-healthy whole grains,” but couldn’t quite stomach the incessant low-fat line in Marion Nestle’s writing, this is the book for you.
  • Getting Stronger reports on back pain: where it comes from, how diet is relevant, and what you can do.

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