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    Obesity Paradox - cuddly may be healthier

    Just stumbled across this:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/he...an-weight.html

    Looks like BMI of 25-30, or even 35 possibly has lower mortality risk than "Normal" BMI of 18-25.

    Being fit is more important than looking fit, lean may actually be unhealthy.

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    Yeah. Especially as you get older. Thin is great for vanity, hell, that's my reason, but carrying a little extra weight is best for health especially as one gets older. More cushioning when the elderly falls and generally better health than one who loses their appetite and the corresponding weight loss.
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    Chris Kresser did a good write-up on this recently:
    Do fat people live longer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yodiewan View Post
    Chris Kresser did a good write-up on this recently:
    Do fat people live longer?
    Can somebody translate this paragraph into plain English?

    A comprehensive analysis of NHANES data found that for men, an overall BMI of 27 was associated with the lowest risk of mortality, but that both fat mass and fat free mass were more directly correlated to mortality. (4) When body composition was controlled for, the data demonstrated the lowest risk for men at a BMI between 19.5 and 20.5, suggesting that mortality risk is more related to leanness than it is to BMI.
    I used a freebie online BMI calculator (height, weight) and it gave me 158 as the BMI 20 number and 208 as the BMI 27 number. That's one hell of a difference. I can say with confidence that the only way my frame is getting to 158 is via serious illness - I'm just not built that way - at my physical peak I was 206 and strong as a freakin' bull with massive endurance.
    Last edited by DeeDub; 03-13-2013 at 09:03 PM.

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    This makes me happy to keep focusing on building strength and ignore the scale. I can deadlift my body weight, so I assume BMI means nothing.

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    And when the zombies come, people with a slightly higher bmi will have more time to find food sources. 10% body fat will soon be gone. 50%+ body fat won't be able to escape. So the lightly plump will survive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoanieL View Post
    And when the zombies come, people with a slightly higher bmi will have more time to find food sources. 10% body fat will soon be gone. 50%+ body fat won't be able to escape. So the lightly plump will survive.
    Almost spit my coffee out on this one. You channeled my thoughts to the T!
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    If fat storage is indeed our evolutionary design as a survival mechanism...this makes total sense.

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    Being fatter is deffo not better for my knees though
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    Meh, doesnt mean you cant be lean and healthy. Most just toss health in the backseat in pursuit of leanness.

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