They have made the same amazing discovery yet again! Scientists are gob smacked that another study has shown that you can have a big fat ass and still be healthy! How astounding!
Why is this always a surprise?
It all boils down to the fact that scientists are as influenced by culture as everyone else, and because the current sociocultural climate equates fat with ill health (and thus justifying the fat-hate poured down on people who are not slender) the scientists are bewildered when fat people are healthy. How can that be when everyone *knows* fat is unhealthy?
Look at the way the doctors labeled the healthy, but fat, individuals in the study. They called them “metabolically healthy obese people”. They couldn’t just call them healthy. God forbid. They had to make sure the qualified it some way, and still go in the crucial word “obese” so everyone would remember that they weren’t quite like the real healthy people. It is the flip side of calling slender people who are unhealthy “metabolically obese”. People cannot just be healthy or unhealthy … fat has GOT to play a role in the discourse somewhere.
Then there are the health specialists who are called in to do the obligatory fat shaming anyway. In this case it was Amy Thompson, who apparently works for the British Heart Foundation. She was quoted as saying, “In the majority of cases, obesity is an undeniable risk factor for developing coronary heart disease. However, these studies remind us that it is not always your weight that’s important, but where you carry fat and also how it affects your health and fitness.”
So, she has to reiterate that fat is a squishy layer of death (Thin people live forever, then? ) and try to find a “reason” why some people who are fat can be healthy. It can’t just be that they exercise. Nope. I has to be that they have the fat in special magic thigh pouches of non-death. Otherwise people would just think they could move around a lot and be healthy and not be “motivated” to become thin oh noes!
To make sure people totally understand the real reason you should exercise, Thompson goes on to say “Maintaining a healthy diet with lots of physical activity can help to slim you down as well as reduce your risk of heart health problems.” In short, you should always keep the eye on the prize, which is to have smaller upper arms! Health is just a secondary issue, compared to the glory and wonder of size 6 jeans.
Of course her statement is contrary to the medical research into obesity, which all indicates that exercise will make you healthy but slimming down has more than a 98% failure rate over the course of a few years. However, we shouldn’t let a little thing like reality color our fat-hate fat-shaming bullshit, now should we?