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A Little Extra Fat May Actually Prolong Life

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If there's anything we've learned conclusively about human health in the last few decades, it's that smoking is lethal and obesity increases the risk of dying early.To the surprise of many (and the skepticism of others), an international analysis shows...

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:27 pm
a bit skeptical..

elderberry C (47)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:33 pm
Thanks I feel better now..

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:39 pm
Not obese, but a few extra pounds for us seniors is not a bad thing. I worry about a close and beloved relative who is dangerously thin, by choice and hard work. Should she ever become seriously ill for a prolonged time, I doubt her survival.

Terry V (30)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 4:54 pm
Pass the chocolate PLEASE!!! Good news!

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 5:08 pm
I have read, previously, that a little extra weight can be helpful when going for surgery, so, while I want to avoid surgery, there is this little Halvah and jelly donut eating scenario in the back of my head. But this is interesting in its own way.
On a little tangential note: a former orthopedist of mine (I do not have/need one now) had this great mantra: "Do not operate, and stay away from doctors."

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 5:28 pm

Carol H (229)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 5:54 pm
noted, thanks Carrie

Jason S (50)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 6:53 pm
Good posting, thanks

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 7:09 pm
TY Carrie. I saw a program on tv featuring a group of folks who conscientiously restrict calories to live longer. Their communal dinner was a plate crackers with a thin layer of spread. They were all extremely thin. Hard to know what to believe. Perhaps just moderation in all things. @ Mitchell D. I had a young doctor tell me to stay away from surgery and hospitals when I was a teenager.

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 8:01 pm
I guess just moderation is the best way to go if possible. So many of us struggle with the weight issue their whole lives. We're bombarded with what the media plays out- how to achieve the so called "Perfect Body" and etc. and really we should just strive for what's right for us as an individual-just try to stay healthy, eat right, exercise try Yoga-it's great for the mind and body!~

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 8:02 pm
PS----A Million Thanks Carrie!!!!!~~~~~xxxxxx~

Patricia Gal (103)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 8:47 pm
Oh no no no.....fat is not healthy & it only looks good to some men....

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 2, 2013, 11:00 pm
Thank you.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 12:07 am
A few more pounds increase the body's capacity to fight disease, more calories to burn, and more fat to live off if you can't eat because you aren't feeling well.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 12:45 am
noted, thank you

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 1:56 am
Oh, thank God.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 8:52 am
But that extra fat is so uncomfortable.

Natalie V (27)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:36 pm

Joanna M (139)
Thursday January 3, 2013, 2:39 pm
The key word, of course, being "little" - I'm sure many people will see this and allow for some creative interpretation as to just how much that means...

paul m (93)
Friday January 4, 2013, 5:30 am

Shadow Manypaths (16)
Friday January 4, 2013, 7:22 am
plus ca change, plus ca meme chose...there isn't a medical "breakthough" in recent memory that didn't have them backing and retracting to some extent (though some of the more embarrassing ones, like the LACK of conclusive harm from secondhand smoke, get carefully swept under many layers of rug...) - here's to a return to (a) common sense, and (b) thinking for YOURSELF and understanding your OWN mewtabolism.

i am one of those people everyone hates, who cannot gain weight no matter what or how i eat, and carries little or no spare avoirdupois. consequently, if i get ill, i have no reserves and lose frighting amounts of bodymass. the body stores fat for a REASON. (by the way, low bodyfat types also generally end up spending more on heating bills and other mechanisms to compensate for their lack of natural insulation)

the key to any aspect of health is learning to understand and sense what works for your personal body chemistry and metabolism, and everyone is different - there ARE no one-size-fits-all solutions. let's put an end to medical "findings" giving government a license (translation - excuse) to legislate personal choice.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday January 4, 2013, 11:41 am
This actually does not surprise me. My own father who played a lot of sports from his teens to his late 30's. was very overweight from his late 60's, but lived until almost 93 years. One thing he did do was walk every day for years to work and back, and after late retirement, went to the malls and walked. He never even had any strokes!

Get Well Soon Carrie♥

g d c (0)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:46 pm

David C (131)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 12:58 pm
I've seen discussion like this before.....and when I did it was that "elderly" who were a little slightly overweight often did better when they suffered an acute they had a little extra reserve......
never have I heard of being overweight as a young adult having any benefit, too much risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc.....


Lydia Mcintyre (47)
Saturday January 5, 2013, 6:32 pm
Sorry i don't agree. There's nothing healthy about being even slightly overweight, just like it's unhealthy to be underweight.
Its best to keep bodyfat a healthy low, and belly fat at bay since they both contribute to heart disease .

Mitchell D (87)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 7:18 pm
P.S.: This is, apparently, based on a study reported in The Journal of the American Medical Society, (noted in today's NY Times) which found that people with BMI's of 30 to 34.9, "were not more likely to die than normal-weight people."
It's not a matter of one study contradicting another, it seems, in this case, but of more detailed info. One does not, presumably, then, have to be obsessive about weight, but proper diet, and exercise, as in regular walking, or other cardiovascular workouts should be protective.
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