Published on August 22, 2020
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The term “healthy obesity” has gained some traction over the last several years, and I want to put that oxymoron to rest. When I hear it, I always ask, “What does that mean? . . . that you haven’t had a stroke or heart attack yet?” . . . that the ticking time bomb hasn’t gone off yet?
Just as “I’m not really that overweight, I’m big-boned” is a bunch of crap, so is being obese and healthy. The idea of ‘healthy obesity’ is a misleading concept in that obese people become progressively—and often rapidly—less healthy over time. It is also a great rationale for someone to use when they don’t want to do the work involved to lose weight: “My doctor said I’m healthy.” Yeah, OK.
Beauty may be skin deep. But fat deposits go all the way to your internal organs.
I could give you so many more examples of how obesity is not healthy but, instead, I’ll ask you this question: Is there anything about this photo of visceral fat that looks healthy to you?
To say you’re healthy when you’re obese because you haven’t experienced any major medical issues yet . . . is like saying you’re healthy when you smoke two packs a day because you don’t show signs of pulmonary disease or lung cancer yet.
If a person is obese and doesn’t care; if they like being obese, if they don’t want to make a change; if life is honky-dory for them the way it is, that’s cool. Live and let live. A person can be obese and happy. They can be successful. They can be educated. They can be rich. They can be powerful. But healthy? Not a chance.
When it comes to health, nothing good EVER comes from being obese, and the words ‘healthy’ and ‘obesity’ should NEVER be paired together.
Additional recommended reading: Enough With The Term “Healthy Obesity,” Says Researcher