Healthy fat people are a mirage

fat lady with ladle

Some big people are fat but don’t have any of the obesity markers such as diabetes or high blood pressure.  These people are held up as “proof” that you can be “healthy obese”.

Not so.

Scientists at University College London tracked more than 2500 people for 20 years – the longest study of its kind – and found that obese people became progressively less healthy over time.

The research supported previous findings that showed as time passes, overweight people face a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke, and some types of cancer compared to thin people.

Researchers defined “healthy obesity” as not having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other metabolic risk factors.

Of the 2521 men and women followed, 181 were classified as obese, including 66 who fit the definition of “healthy obese”.

After two decades passed, just over half of the “healthy obese” participants became “unhealthy obese”.

Only 11% of those who were obese at the start of the study lost weight and became “on-obese”

“Healthy obesity is only a state of relative health – it’s just less unhealthy than the worst-case scenario. And as we now see, healthy obese adults tend to become unhealthy obese over time, providing further evidence against the idea that obesity can be healthy,” [study author Joshua Bell] said.

None of the people over 100 are obese.  The vast amount of people over 90 are like rakes.  PI and Maori mortality is linked to their generally higher incidence of obesity.

And of course, fat people cost us more.  Mostly in “free” health care, but also in other ways.

Leftie politicians want to solve this problem by taxing “bad food”.   As we saw yesterday, that will zero to no effect on people who are determined to eat more than they burn off.

Taxing sugar and fat are going to stop fat people as much as a no-speed tolerance stops people driving over 140 km/hr.

The true victims?  You and me.  We end up paying for all the idiots as well as the poorly targeted “solutions” that politicians think will stop people from hurting themselves and then running to the tax payer to solve all the problems they cause.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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