I bet you think that if you’re overweight you’re more likely to die and that being overweight is really really bad for you.
That’s because you read too many newspapers and watch too much telly and you soak it all up like some dumb sponge. No offense. I’m not suggesting you sit there dribbling with your tongue lolling out of your mouth letting all information download into your brain unquestioned. Well, I suppose I am. Because maybe minus the tongue and the dribbling (which is offensive and I apologise for it), that’s what you do!
That being overweight or obese is bad for your health is not a proven fact, it is merely an assumption. There is no absolute scientific or medical evidence for it. For every trial that shows a link to obesity and overweight with illness or death there is a trial that says that obesity has no effect on health AND – check this out – there are also equal numbers of trials that show that obesity has a positive health benefit and that being overweight protects against illness and death!
Conversely, there are also trials that give evidence that being thin is linked to the highest death and illness rates.
You don’t hear about NHS spending on ‘skinny related diseases’ do you? You don’t see magazine articles with weight gain advice for those in the dangerous position of not having enough fat on their bodies, do you? You don’t even get to hear much about the health benefits of being overweight. Reporting research finding anything positive about fat is accompanied by disclaimers, caveats and every effort to minimize its significance
You, as a consumer who spends lots of money on trying to lose weight, are led by the nose towards those stories written from the results ‘proving’ that fat is bad, bad, bad.
Mind you, there’s a gap in the market there. Maybe if the media, fashion, diet and fitness and pharmaceutical industries could try to squeeze us all into one very narrow (average) weight margin they could reap the profits from both ends of the weight spectrum.
Hmmm… I’d watch out for that if I were you. It’ll come.