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Don't diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you

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05 Jan 2011 12:44 - 06 Jan 2011 02:51 #5558 by david
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"Don't diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you

Until last year, the commonly accepted marker of a healthy weight-for-height was the body mass index, or BMI: your weight in kilograms divided by the square of your height in metres. BMI charts originally identified 20-25 as the target range for the lowest risk of future ill health: below 20 and you were too thin; above 25 and you were overweight; above 30 and you were obese.

But that universally accepted standard changed in 2010. It seems a higher BMI score, of 25-27.5, is at least as healthy in terms of cardiovascular risk as one of 20-22.5. You really don't need to worry if you are a little overweight – provided you aren't more than around 5kg from the ideal weight for your height. The new emphasis is on waist measurements: men can be content if their waist is less than 38 inches and women should be happy with a waist of 34 inches or less. Keeping our waist measurements lower than those of our hips is a practical aim for everyone."


Dr Tom Smith
The Guardian, Saturday 1 January 2011
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06 Jan 2011 03:15 - 06 Jan 2011 03:17 #5561 by gsonik65
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Dave,

Cool note. I was wondering about that. There was a program about gladiators. Latest scientific evidence is that they were not ripped like Russell Crow or Kirk Douglass, but rather on the fat side to prevent damage from slash wounds. Also they were mostly vegetarians.
Sumo wrestlers are also in a good shape and superb athletes. Fat is an armor and additional weight, which gives them an advantage.
Rulon Gardner – world-class wrestler was able to survive in the cold after his snowmobile was broken because of his conditioning and extra layer of fat.
Technically, if muscles are saturated with fat that is the sign of poor health.
Weight in itself has nothing to do with health. I tend to agree with that.
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06 Jan 2011 03:44 #5562 by Marsh
Marsh replied the topic: Don't diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you
Depends on how your body is made up.
Usually most people if they were large in school, usually remain big in later life, meaning that if they were over over bmi, or overweight, unless that person puts on loads after that.
I've always been thin, even when I tried to get bigger - didn't work. Not bothered now, even though I do feel cold more, get bruised more, but I don't want to get slashed!!!
Also, I run, quite a bit, so the body adjusts itself for it's lifestyle and I find being on the lighter side helps for this activity.
We are all different - just be grateful for good health.
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06 Jan 2011 07:02 #5563 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Don't diet too much: being slightly overweight is good for you
Of course.. evolutionists agree that we are "coded" to get ourselves rather fat, as fat is both a mechanical cushion and a source of energy in times of famine.

The main problem I see in this respect in today's environment is that people eat every day, which is not part of our genetic make-up. Thus the energy function of the fat is not utilized, the fat becomes "stale" for lack of turnover and accumulates lipohpylic (hydrophobic) chemicals continually.

The genes continue to store fat in anticipation of the inevitable period of famine.. which never happens, thus rendering the preparation inappropriate.

Regular fasting resolves so many of these problems, it's amazing that we are not all taught this habit from infancy.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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