Fat people are unhealthy - Is it true?

@hopeful28 (1439)
Singapore
January 24, 2007 6:25am CST
I think most people have the misconception that fat equals poor health. What do you think? Although I am fat - my BMI is above average but so far I do not have any blood pressure problems, diabetes or heart trouble. This is not to say that I okay being fat but just that it is unfair to label fat people as unhealthy. What do you say?
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29 responses
• Canada
24 Jan 07
i agree with you. My husband is concidered to be overweight, but he has the blood pressure of a 14 year old, no high cholsterol, no nothing, he is healthy as a horse. i think that is trie, people associate being over weight with being unhealthy
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• Malaysia
28 Jan 07
i recomend your husband to be careful, though he may seem to be very fit for now. coz he is still young... the "disase " can strike anytime, if you dont take care. it wil be better for your husband to shade off some weight.
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@rainbow (6763)
24 Jan 07
I eat healthily, exercise daily and am built like a butter barrel. I have asthma which I have always had but walk my dog for around an hour nearly every day, if it's really bad weather she just runs back to the car, bless her she doesn't like the wind. I know I cannot run anymore and that I am not strong but I do the best I can, I get tired and achy because I carry excess body weight, but I still walk everyday, I can't really do much else. I am probably unhealthy but I do my best, no-one can ask more unless I get some help to loose the weight.
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
24 Jan 07
I think it's a good thing that you do your daily walking. I'm sure it does you some good even if you don't seem to be losing weight. Maybe like me, you are on some medications which causes you to put on weight because it affects your hormones. I just wish people will understand this. Well, at least the companies and people selling weight loss products and gimmicks are laughing all the way to the bank regularly.
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• Malaysia
24 Jan 07
No, i dont think so, based on my experience. i was very fat too, and i was not as lucky like you, i was diagnosed with high cholestrol when i was just 17 years old... but for your case, maybe it wont surface when you do for blood test, but i certainly bet that you'll be unhealthy if you stay with BMI above average. But my friendly reminder to you is that you should start losing your weight.. i know an effective and cost and time saving technique. interested???
@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
24 Jan 07
Thank you for your advice. You are long way from being the first to let me know that. You are welcome to share your tips on losing weight with all of us who are concerned about weight control. Will look out for your post.
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I don't think it is fair. What problems I do have are not related to weight and are not the problems most associate with weight. I do not have the high blood pressure normally, I don't have high colesterol, diabetes, heart trouble etc. I have been over weight since I hit puberty. I will lose and come back up again but over all I've been about the same size since I was a teen. It's very irritating that people assume that just because I'm over weight I must over eat, over indulge all the way around and that I'm lazy. Just the opposite actually. They don't want to hear that though. They'd rather point fingers then deal with the truth. Sad but true.
@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
24 Jan 07
My sympathies are with you. I can relate to your woes because I know the feeling I get when people generalize and assume that people who are overweight are like that because they don't control their eating, don't exercise, are lazy etc...
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• India
25 Jan 07
Yes its true and scientifically it has been proved that lot many diseases are associated with obesity. Obesity itself might not be a disease but is a greatt cause of lot many other diseases
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@superbren (861)
25 Jan 07
i dont think of people as fat, just overweight. it sounds better, i think they can be unhealthy if their weight keeps escalating. also they have less energy than if they were a few stone lighter. if the person eats a healthy diet and does not eat lots of junk then they are not unhealthy, they just need to lose a few stone to increase energy and make them feel better about themselves.
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@imrajesh (1968)
• India
24 Jan 07
i don't think that fat people are always unhealthy. although fat is itself considered as unhealthy but many people who have symptoms of fat do not have any illness and therefore they r healthy and enjoy a normal living as we do. so there is nothing to worry about the preconceived notions of people and then u know u r healthy so why r u going with the people who always think that fat people are unhealthy???
• United States
26 Jan 07
I am curious as to how old you are? Three years ago I considered myself healthy even those I was very big. Three years later I went into the dr. for a routine procedire..everything went crazy and I was lifeflighted to a big hospital with a 20% chance of living. Now I am home with a messed up hip and can only use a walker or a wheel chair. I am also diabetic and have high blood pressure and neurapathy. I am glad I am alive but I am a mess and it all comes from my weight. I am starting the path to bariatric surgery and I must say i can't wait. Maybe the conditions haven't shown themselves to a lot of big people but no one will ever convince me that a person who is fat is healthy. At the least it has to be a strain on your heart, legs, and back.
@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
26 Jan 07
Thank you for sharing your experiences and problems. I am in my 40s and I am not being complacent about my weight concerns. I am 1.65m and about 155pounds. When I posted this discussion the aim is to tell people out there not to point fingers and not to condone overeating or applaud obesity. I am sure all those who responded and who are in the 'chubby' category agrees and knows the health risk and are wanting to do something about it. I hope all of us will succeed in discipling ourselves and bring our weight down to a more healthy level. God bless you and I will remember your health problems to Him. Take care.
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@yrteja (652)
• India
25 Jan 07
i dont support this stament and many fat people are happy in their lives.but some people are feeling inconvenience with their fatty bodies.and so fat people are not happy but people who think like that are unhappy and unhealthy.
• India
1 Feb 07
it's not about happy or sad.. it's about living healthy or not. we'll fat people may be happy but definitely not healthy..
• United States
26 Feb 07
not absolutely the main reason ! 'coz some fat people are sporty or having an active lifestyle but it's really in their family who are really born obese or having a bulky structure. some fat people are even health concious than of the regular or the petite ones & more healhty in terms of having a good laboratory results as lower in cholesterol & blood pressure. i have some friends also who are so slim but having a big problem of a heart disoder & diabetes. i think nobody can automatically say that fat person be of a poor health too than the petite ones! to be healthy is to watch out for the food we eat & try to have a regular exercise & laboratory exams 'coz even when you are petite you can also be a victim of high blood pressure & diabetes !
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
27 Feb 07
I really thank you for your positive comments. I guess this fat = unhealthy issue varies with individuals. Some are due to genes, unhealthy eating, lack of exercise or some existing related health problems. I just wish people will not be so quick to make judgements about fat people that's all.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I completely agree with you! I am fat also and my blood pressure is just fine and I do not have diabetes or heart trouble either. I have also found that people think that fat people eat nonstop and that is not fair to assume either! I don't eat excessively but I have always had a weight problem and I am trying to deal with it. I am like you and basically healthy but I don't want future health problems so I have joined Curves and I am trying to watch what I eat and drink plenty of water. So far I have lost about 10 pounds this month with 140 to go! I will get there some day!
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@hopeful28 (1439)
• Singapore
26 Jan 07
I'm really glad you are doing something positive about your weight and have started acheiving results. I wish you all the best in your efforts. Keep me posted about your progress if you like. I will be supporting you.
@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
25 Jan 07
Well, I think it is not a label, but it is true. It unbelievable that your blood pressure is normal in every situation. Can you run up to the second floor without catching breath? Do not you have foot ache? Do not you have pain in your back? Can you work hard? I do not know how fat you are, but the fat and thin is a word for "else then normal". If you have overweight it means that your heart have to work more. It is a fact. And this plus work for your heart is not unhealthy.
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@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
25 Jan 07
Sorry, my last word is healthy.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
I think it depends on the fat status. If it is ok with the BMI, then everything is ok. Bu t if you have a history of cancer, diabetes and other diseases I don't think it's ok to maintain the fatness.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
Dear Hopeful. I am overweight,always have been,My blood pressure is 107 over 68. no sign of diabetes, as I try to keep the carbs low. my cholesterol level is excellent. My doctor says she show others mine so that they can see there is such a thing as a proper level in a living person. I do have health problems yes but none of it is related to weight. and as for all the self appointed fat police. I think it is their way of being raciest or the equivalent. And I can ignore them with no problem
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
19 Feb 07
There are exceptions to every rule. Of course there are fat people who are healthy, but there is a higher percentage of fat people who are not healthy as compared to an equal number of thin people. It seems that you are one of the lucky ones. I am overweight and whenever I lose a few pounds, I am surprised at how much better I feel. Also, I am striving to lower my weight because I think it improves my chances of not becoming unhealthy as the years go by. What other people say does not bother me. Controlling weight is something each of us needs to decide for himself or herself.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I do not think it is fair to label an overweight person as unhealthy. That said, as you get older, the extra weight may take its toll and make an overweight person more prone to diabetes, heart problems, etc. But it's not healthy to lose weight too fast either, and being too skinny can cause health problems as well.
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• United States
18 Feb 07
I think people tend to generalize. Just because we don't look that great. I'm fat as well and just found out I am fat because of hormonal imbalance.
@abhiroop85 (2828)
• Scottsdale, Arizona
29 Jan 07
actually i think it is not that fat people are unhealthy,but i think unhealthy habits may lead you to obesity,like you are taking a lot of junk foods ,then having no excercise ,then it is unhealthy.
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• Pakistan
26 Jan 07
I agree with you that we shouldnt label fat people as unhealthy. Thin people can also have problems like blood pressure, diabetes, heart trouble and many other problems..
• India
25 Jan 07
yes many people have above average BMI but they are healthy. I read abt this very long time ago and there was also an example of Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) whose BMI is above average
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