More Data Suggests Fitness Matters More Than Weight – NYTimes.com

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Evidence that obesity may be less importance than fitness. I expect in many cases, obesity is used as a proxy for lack of fitness (which it may well be in most cases but article is silent on that). But better to focus on walking 30 minutes a day or so rather than worrying about every last pound (but still watch what and how much you eat!). Doctors likely use this proxy too. Quote:

Whatever the explanation for the obesity paradox turns out to be, most experts agree that the data cast an uncertain light on the role of body fat. “Maintaining fitness is good and maintaining low weight is good,” Dr. Lavie said. “But if you had to go off one, it looks like it’s more important to maintain your fitness than your leanness. Fitness looks a little bit more protective.”

That is a message that may take a long time to reach your family physician, however. “Paradigm shifts take time,” Ms. Bacon said. “They also take courage. Not many people are willing to challenge the weight conventions. They’re just too culturally embedded, and the risk of going against convention is too high.”

More Data Suggests Fitness Matters More Than Weight – NYTimes.com.

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