Posted: Jan 08, 2015 3:22 am
by epepke
Tbickle wrote:This is just simply not true. Not only is there a tremendous amount of data to support that excess weight is strongly correlated to a shorter life span, it is directly linked to various debilitating and deadly diseases. This line of argument is often used by the HAES supporters and is just factually incorrect.

I will agree that weight is not the sole factor in determining health of an individual, but excess body fat is a contributing factor to many cardiovascular issues, diabetes, and even cancer. An individual in a healthy weight range will have less suceptibility to certain diseases than the exact same person who happens to be overweight or obese.

I know a lot of people who suffer a lot from obesity. But...

I'm an insulin-dependent diabetic.
I'm diabetic because I had three bouts of pancreatitis.
I had the pancreatitis because there was something wrong with my gall bladder, which the surgeon said was "rotten."
It's most likely that my gall bladder started to go bad as the result of an effort to lose weight and get into shape.
Oh, and a 900 ml pancreatic cyst later caused me to get so thin I looked like a concentration camp victim.

Now, I'm just one guy, of course, and this is anecdote, but...

Only on the third presentation was the cause of my pancreatitis properly diagnosed.
One of my weekend attending physicians told me that he didn't really trust the treatment for pancreatitis, as it hadn't changes since the 1950s.
I've never seen a call for participants for a study, let alone a study, for something remotely like that.

It is, of course, best to go with available scientific evidence, but there is also a lot missing, so I don't think that declaring what is "just simply not true" is warranted.

Now, I wear pants with a size 36 waist and, with a 46 inch chest, I'm pretty hot for a middle-aged guy. Still, I think I'd enjoy being able to feel my big toes.