The ideal body can’t have any flabs. We exercise to shed off the fats and we cringe upon seeing the bad but luscious foods. We feel guilt when we munch them.
But why can’t a bulky body be healthy?
A recent study indicates that 20% of obese people, by looking at their medical risks, are healthy. This trumps the notion that all obese people need to lose weight. But majority is still on risk. This means that 4 out of 5 are susceptible to obesity-related diseases like diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
How about those who are overweight? In what ways can fats be their asset?
People whose BMI is 25 – 29 (thus, overweight) have 6% less risk of death than those with normal BMI (a.k.a. the fit ones). In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute reported 100,000 fewer deaths among overweight people.
According to the researchers, this may be because these people at risk visit the doctors more often and their health is monitored. But the data will agree that overweight people “outlive the obese, the underweight, and people at normal weight”.
Overweight people have their own advantages. They have fuller faces and glowing skin leading to a youthful appearance. They have stronger bones and osteoporosis are less common in them.
Women with rounder shape are in sound condition. Those with bigger thighs have a better metabolism, thus lowering the risk of heart disease. Extra pounds also increase fertility while underweight women have 72% risk of a miscarriage. Fats protect post-menopausal women from cognitive decline.
And of course, their boobs are bigger and unfortunately, it’s also true for men.
Doctors are baffled as to why overweight people are better in fighting an illness. It seems that fat act like reserves to keep the body functioning during hard times for the body. After all, fats are for storage of vitamins A, D, E and K. It covers the cells and helps supply nutrients. This much-hated substance has a critical role in inflammation, blood pressure, and clotting regulation.
As long an active lifestyle and healthy diet are dominant, it seems that the weight won’t matter. It became a social expectation to be model-like.
What is your favorite fatty food?