'Healthy obesity' doesn't exist
You want a sure sign of how backward the world is spinning right now?
Some folks are so politically correct that they actually think it's RUDE when a doctor tells them they're unhealthy because of their weight.
That's not rude; that's just being honest. And I'm certainly not going to lie to my patients just to make them feel good.
It's a much tougher battle than it should be, because the "size acceptance" movement (yes, that's actually a thing) is pushing misleading information that claims you CAN be healthy and obese.
They're no doubt celebrating a new study that finds nearly 20 percent of the overweight, 10 percent of the obese, and even 6 percent of the morbidly obese are "metabolically healthy."
They have normal blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, according to the study in CDC's online journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.
Going by mainstream standards, those are three of the most important risk factors and make up the key warning signs of metabolic syndrome.
That's a condition closely linked to obesity, and it often leads to diabetes, heart disease, and other health risks.
But if you're overweight and looking for an excuse to put off your diet, don't read too much into that... because you can't expect to stay that way for long.
The study finds that as "metabolically healthy" people get older, nearly all of them become metabolically unhealthy.
Less than 3 percent reach the age of 80 with good blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels... and that's assuming they reach the age of 80 at all.
I want you to get there. I want to help you get there.
It starts by recognizing two things.
First, obesity isn't healthy. It never is.
And second, there's a whole lot more to health than blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
They're worth keeping tabs on... and I test for them myself here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine... but they're not the only indication of health.
Did you know that 75 percent of heart attack patients have normal cholesterol?
It's true, so don't rest easy if you're overweight or obese but "metabolically healthy."
The extra weight can hurt you in other ways, too. It can cause or worsen back pain, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and more.
Obesity can even increase your risk of cancer.
So, if you're a size or two -- or more -- bigger than you know you should be, it's time to stop accepting it and take action so you can live a longer, better, and healthier life.
I know it sounds tough, but it doesn't have to be.
I often recommend a Mediterranean diet, but if you've struggled to lose weight over the years you may need some more personal help.
If you're in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at my clinic for a diet plan customized to work for you.
Not in the area? I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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