Obesity Is Bad For Your Health

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Stock photos for obesity are all really shame-y, so here’s a pretty flower

Obesity Paradox

The argument that obesity is actually not a health issue comes from a fascinating phenomenon that epidemiologists started noticing a couple of decades ago. If you look at health issues — in particular all-cause mortality (when people die for any reason) — and plot the risk on a graph, you find that very fat people do really badly. But people who are just a little bit fat — with a BMI of 25–30 — often actually do better than people with a supposedly ‘healthy’ BMI.

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A classic J-Shaped curve. Increased weight is bad, but not at first. Source
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Running is good for everyone. More’s the pity

What Do We Do?

This is where most theories diverge. We know that obesity is bad for you: it’s been proven again and again. But what to do about obesity, that’s a far harder problem to solve.

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Weirdly, ‘yelling people thin’ isn’t effective

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