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Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Most of you probably know about the study that came out a week or two ago saying people that are slightly overweight generally live a little longer than thin people. Seems like some have taken that one study as a green light to eat in excess.
What's important is to remember that this study talks about a grey area - where people are normal weight to slightly overweight. That's going to be an issue in any society, and of course not a huge deal 10-15 lbs one way or the other. And weight itself is not the driver of health - if you exercise a lot and still are slightly overweight, you're probably fine. If you're sedentary and skinny, you're probably not-so-fine.
The problem in America is of a culture that creates astounding rates of obesity - ie. not just 20 lbs overweight but 50+. That is what is truly unhealthy, and that is what is created by the TGI Fridays mega-plate / all-you-can-eat buffet / "must finish your plate" culture in the U.S.