Wednesday, August 1, 2007

War on fat may do more harm than good

obesity epicemic
The recent finding that obesity is spreading in social networks fits perfectly into the well-orchestrated campaign of health experts all over the world. Concerns about an ever growing social discrimination of fat people have been raised. No doubt, treating fat people as pariahs does harm, not only to them but also to the society as a whole.

This said, let's leave the controversy about the obesity spread study aside and have a look at the war on fat as a whole. Legions of experts are telling us that obesity is a killer and that losing weight makes us more healthy. I have found some evidence recently that this may not be true: At least in certain conditions, weight loss may be bad for your health.

Looking for more support of this view, I have found an expert claim that health is possible at every size. After having carefully looked at the published findings of medical research, three experts of Michigan State University come to the following conclusions:

  1. Obesity cannot be claimed to be a major cause of premature death.
  2. Excess fat cannot be claimed to be a direct cause of disease.
  3. Weight loss cannot be claimed to be practical and beneficial to health for most people.
  4. The current weight management methods do not have proven to be effective.
  5. Rather it can be concluded that weight loss may likely be doing more harm than good.
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