[personal profile] flexibeast
In case anyone was under the illusion that our society's current obsession with the 'obesity epidemic' is primarily about people's health rather than body image1, the overall lack of coverage of this study by the media2 should contribute towards dispelling that illusion:
The association between waist circumference and mortality persisted after further adjustment for smoking, baseline health status, and BMI (P = .02) but not after additional adjustment for fitness (P = .86). Fitness predicted mortality risk after further adjustment for smoking, baseline health, and either BMI, waist circumference, or percent body fat (P < .001 for trend). . . . In this study population, fitness was a significant mortality predictor in older adults, independent of overall or abdominal adiposity.
'Adiposity' was assessed by body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and percent body fat.

In other words, this study suggests that being fit might increase your health even if you're 'overweight'. But of course, because we're ultimately less concerned about people's health and more concerned about whether people fit current standards of 'beauty', we wouldn't want to talk about any research which prioritises the former over the latter, would we? :-P



1. i find it outrageous that it's acceptable to comment on a person's size / weight "for health reasons, and the resulting costs to society" in a way that it's not acceptable to comment on, say, a person's consumption of alcohol, even though alcohol consumption has huge social and financial impacts on our society.

2. One exception being the NY Post's article "Fit fatties healthier than thin couch potatoes".

 

Date: 2007-12-08 03:43 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] indigo1.livejournal.com
having been fat, but pretty fit (and sometimes very fit), all my adult life, this doesn't surprise me at all. i have always been healthier and more resilient to illness and damage than many of my thinner but unfit peers. what really pisses me off is the number of people who believe that if you are fat you couldn't possibly be fit, to the point of almost accusing me of lying if i say i went for a 20k bike ride or something.

Date: 2007-12-08 04:14 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fetteredwolf.livejournal.com
I recently read an article about how women approaching menopause who put on weight are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis.

Did you hear about this? I didn't think so. (Well, maybe you heard about it, but it wasn't in the news or anything.)
Edited Date: 2007-12-08 04:15 (UTC)

Date: 2007-12-08 05:44 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flexibeast.livejournal.com
No, i hadn't heard about it - interesting!

Btw, i've friended you, hope you don't mind . . . . i particularly liked the nerdiness of you listing things like "transcription factors" amongst your interests. :-)

Date: 2007-12-08 13:20 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fetteredwolf.livejournal.com
Hey, it's cool! I found you first anyway ;)

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