Fat isn’t harmful

Fat isn't harmful

I always have to chuckle about studies that talk about “risk of death.”

We all have a 100% chance of death at any given moment.

There is no such thing as having a zero percent chance at death.

And here we have an interesting study that talks about the risk of death.

But this one actually has some interesting tales to tell us — especially if we happen to be a bit fat.

Medicine today considers the worst demon to be smoking.

The next worst demon is being fat.

And following fat are the demons of being sedentary and inactive.

If you smoke, are fat, and inactive, they figure you’re just are gonna be dead tomorrow.

This may or may not be true — but it probably isn’t true.

Here is an excellent study showing that the risks of heart attack and lifespan are not necessarily worse when you’re fat.

This study is very clever because researchers used twins.

They found pairs of twins where one was fat, and the other was thin.

Then the researchers tracked the twins to see how many heart attacks they had.

And they counted up how many people died.

They also watch for how many got diabetes.

The researchers noted which twin was affected by each event.

Since they are twins, the study can control for genetic tendencies.

So this is an interesting way to see the effects of being overweight without the effects of genetics.

It’s much easier to see if a health event is due to weight.

Clever, right?

So where you had a fat pair of twins, 550 died during the follow-up period.

Where you had a thin pair of twins, 633 died during the same period.

Wait a minute.

Shouldn’t more twins die who are fat?

But in fact, the study shows the opposite.

The fatter twins lived longer.

But what happened when there was one fat and one thin twin?

Even when one of these twins was obese, there was no increased risk of mortality or heart attack with the obese twin.

None.

He or she lived just as long with no additional medical complications than the “thin” twin.

Now this conclusion has rocked the medical world, but you have not heard about it.

Because this idea that being fat is the reason that you’re sick means more money for weight loss supplements and programs.

It plays right into today’s big Pharma big medicine profits.

Big Pharma will not tolerate publicizing anything that says otherwise.

They especially do not like studies like this that clearly show that the idea that “fat equals unhealthy” is false.

But being fat wasn’t completely harmless.

There was one important health note that you should be aware of.

The fatter twin was more likely to become diabetic.

In today’s world, being diabetic means that you’re going to be dosed with a long parade of deadly poisonous medications.

Diabetics suffer terrible side effects from those medications.

Being fat does not cause diabetes, but there is a bigger correlation between fat people and diabetes.

I think it’s because when you’re fat, you’re eating bad fats such as PUFAs.

Eating a lot of polyunsaturated fatty acids results in a very sluggish metabolism and a high level of insulin resistance.

But we will have to wait for another study to show that very un-politically correct conclusion.

For now, realize that just because you’re overweight does not mean that you are going to be unhealthy.

Even if you’re obese, you can expect to live as long as someone who is thin.


Matt Cook is editor-in-chief of Daily Medical Discoveries. Matt has been a full time health researcher for 26 years. ABC News interviewed Matt on sexual health issues not long ago. Matt is widely quoted on over 1,000,000 websites. He has over 300,000 daily newsletter readers. Daily Medical Discoveries finds hidden, buried or ignored medical studies through the lens of 100 years of proven science. Matt heads up the editorial team of scientists and health researchers. Each discovery is based upon primary studies from peer reviewed science sources following the Daily Medical Discoveries 7 Step Process to ensure accuracy.
Risks of Myocardial Infarction, Death, and Diabetes in Identical Twin Pairs With Different Body Mass Indexes
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