You Cannot Be Fat And Healthy And Here Is Why
If medical science is the judge, then finally there’s a verdict on what it really means to healthy. What we intuitively know to be true has now been put into law– you cannot be fat and have good health. Period.
Obesity Classified As A Disease For Profit
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Disorders, more than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
In 2013, obesity was officially termed a disease. The rationale in making obesity a disease seems quite obvious, since the official declaring of obesity as a disease occurred around the time gastric bypass surgeries and other consequential medicating were becoming approved procedures by insurance. The good that came out of classifying obesity as a disease, however, helped put the condition on the map as a major contributor to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Old Theories Trumped By Truth
Older research has shown that obese people can be both heavy and healthy. However, new research is singing a different tune. In the new study - the largest of its kind to date, by UK researchers from the University of Birmingham analyzed the medical records of 3.5 million adults living in the U.K. between 1995 and 2015 who were enrolled in the Health Improvement Network. The participants had no history of cardiovascular disease.
The team divided the population sample by Body Mass Index (BMI), and broke down the population into subgroups according to their metabolic health (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, or abnormal levels of fat in their blood.
Next they rated the groups according to their metabolic health.
Researchers then tracked how many people suffered from cardiovascular conditions: coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, including stroke, heart failure and peripheral vascular disease.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
The results showed that, compared to healthy people of a normal weight, those regarded as healthy and obese had a 49% increased risk of coronary heart disease, a 7% higher risk of stroke, and a 96% increased risk of heart failure.
Health Doesn’t Look Like Obesity
It is an undeniable truth that signs of health include vigor, vitality, strength and a healthy weight. To say otherwise is misleading and doing a huge disservice to patients who can otherwise benefit from weight-loss and gaining a health benefit.
Eating high amounts of fat and refined sugar, especially fat in animal products and fast and processed foods goes against the processes of the digestive tract as well as the repair processes of the human body. When the body is operating against its diet, there is a slowing of healthy cell repair, sluggishness of digestive and major organs, such as the liver and the heart, eventual loss of functionality of these organs, and ultimately, disease. Eating a plant-based diet and working closely with your Integrative or Functional practitioner, Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner goes a long way in terms of nourishment balance, and reclaiming your health.