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Was I wrong about obesity?

November 20, 2007

Reason, whom which I initially disagreed on the topic of fat acceptance, talks about a recent study that shows the health risks of being overweight may be largely overblown:

Although being merely “overweight” [using the BMI scale] was associated with a higher death rate from diabetes and kidney disease, it “was not associated with mortality from cancer or cardiovascular disease.” And since overweight people were significantly less likely to die from other causes, “the net result was that overweight was associated with significantly decreased all-cause mortality.” Adjusting for smoking and pre-existing illness, both of which can be associated with lower weight, did not change the findings.

Clearly the statistics do not say being overweight is healthier than not being overweight. All they are claiming is that the “obesity epidemic” is more hype than substance. Even if the statistics are overblown, I would like to think that is a still an issue worth fighting. There are still so many other health issues associated with obesity.

Reason sees the denial of “fat acceptance” and the push by the Center for Disease Control as the first step in potentially government mandated body weights. To me this is just ridiculous. There is more to being healthy than just not dying; being overweight can lead to a whole host of non-deadly ailments that (1) are chronic and expensive; and (2) have a drastic effect on the quality of life. Just because something doesn’t kill you doesn’t mean it’s desirable.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Ashley permalink
    November 20, 2007 10:25 am

    How much did the fat acceptance group pay “Reason” to release this opinion, or study, or whatever the hell you want to call it?

    The bottom line is that obesity is in fact an unhealthy lifestyle which is going to be detrimental to your quality of life and overall anticipated life span. It brings on early onset of diabetes and kidney failure which then lead to premature death.

    This kind of argumentative logic is congruent to saying that the heavy smoker died from lung cancer, not smoking. Completely faulty reasoning.

    If people want to be completely overweight, that is fine with me, just don’t expect tax dollars to cover your medical costs and don’t take my seat on the plane/bus/metro. And for the love of god, don’t try to convince us that obesity isn’t all that bad. Shitty propaganda…

  2. Keri permalink
    November 20, 2007 10:35 am

    Government controlled weight? Maybe not.

    But more costly health insurance…?

  3. andy permalink*
    November 20, 2007 1:03 pm

    There was an episode of Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! like 2 years ago about the myth of the “obesity epidemic”.

    +1 for watching TV instead of reading.

  4. Ashley permalink
    November 26, 2007 3:11 pm

    Adam still needs to watch the Penn & Teller series. You would have enough material to extend this blog for another decade.

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