Tuesday, January 18, 2011

on statistics and fat, plus links

Can you be both obese and healthy? notes: "Recent estimates suggest that approximately one in three obese individuals remain metabolically healthy (displaying normal blood glucose, blood lipids, blood pressure, and a healthy cytokine profile) despite their excess weight. These same individuals may have a similar risk of developing heart disease and diabetes as their skinny counterparts and they may actually become less healthy by losing weight!"

I mention that for two reasons:

1. Not all fat people are unhealthy.

2. Statistics don't apply to individuals. If your doctor hasn't told you you're healthy, don't assume you're healthy. I thought my sister was one of the healthy overweight people because she was very active. Then she died of a heart attack.


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