I caught a segment on ABC News Wednesday night that really got me thinking about this question: “Can you be overweight and fit?”
This story quotes Dr. Carl Lavie- A New Orleans, Cardiologist, “it’s much more important to be fit than it is to be thin if you’re trying to improve long-term health”.
Roger Juneau, 61, had a heart attack 20 years ago and now, at 191 pounds, he’s still overweight. But his doctor has advised him not to worry about shedding the pounds.
“Fat isn’t always the devil,” said Dr. Carl Lavie, a New Orleans cardiologist who has written a book called “The Obesity Paradox,” which suggests focusing on fitness and not on being thin.
He says it’s better to be fit and fat than skinny and unfit.
“In a society preoccupied with thinness, objectivity about how our weight relates to our health is often lost, and subtleties overlooked. In The Obesity Paradox, Dr. Carl Lavie masterfully explores the relationship between body weight and health, giving us a balanced and uniquely illuminating perspective. If you want the whole truth and real understanding, lay down your preconceptions, and pick up The Obesity Paradox.”—David Katz, MD, author of Disease-Proof
New research from the Journal of Epidemiology and Public Health also shows that underweight people were 70 percent more likely to die early than those battling obesity. You can read the whole ABC NEWS story here:
Dr. Lavie references the BMI scale which is widely used today to determine fitness:
Your body mass index (BMI) is an estimate of your body fat that is based on your height and weight. Doctors use BMI, along with other health indicators, to assess an adult’s current health status and potential health risks. You can determine your BMI with the calculator below.