Friday, November 16, 2007

Fat, healthy but not happy

sad woman
All could be fine with quality of life when it comes to health of fat elderly women, were there not psychic problems.

"Obesity" has often been called a disease. Were this true, it should diminish the health-related quality of life - the part of well-being that is affected by the body and its functions, as seen by the affected person. But a Spanish study in postmenopausal women did not show any link between body weight and physical well-being.

More than two hundred women 50 to 64 years of age have been assessed. About eighty percent of them have been "overweight" or "obese", according to WHO standards. When the results of the life quality assessment have been compared to body mass index, no relation was found in the health domain.

But it came out that the fat had more psychic and sexual problems than the lean women. This is no surprise given the negative value of being fat in society and the constant feeling of being not attractive.

Take home: One more study supporting the view that being fat is not a health problem of individuals but an attitude problem of society.

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