My friends I have something I need to say…
I squatted 140lbs today. One hundred and forty freakin pounds. Thats a whole 1.7 times my body weight. I was on a high all day.
Oh and I didn’t just hit one, I hit 4 reps. Bam. Okay I’m stepping off my ego boost pedestal now.
On to the topic at hand…
Today will be more of a discussion as a recent lecture sparked a lil something in me. Rather it was interesting but it irked me..
Do you believe that there is such a thing as healthy obesity?
During my lecture I was given studies and studies showing a few pieces of evidence that just showed that just because you’re obese, it doesn’t always mean you are unhealthy
~There are some obese individuals who do not show the markers that are perceived as risks for CVD.
~Metabolically healthy obese (MHO) have a different body composition than those who are categorized as unhealthy. Specifically, differences in adipose tissues were found; more visceral and total abdominal adipose tissue in unhealthy.
~Less inflammatory factors in visceral adipose tissue of MHO, which plays a role in insulin resistance.
So with these things in mind….Do you think these MHO should be considered healthy? Should we then say they don’t need to loose weight because, technically, they are not showing markers for acute or chronic disease?
What do you think?
Personally I say no.
Here’s my take:
~Obesity should never been seen as healthy. I don’t care if they don’t have markers now, excessive amounts of adipose is just not supposed to be there. How is that adaptive? If it’s not adaptive, it wouldn’t be what the body evolved to include. Think about it, even muscle becomes maladaptive at a point. This is why we have a limit to how much muscle we can naturally put on. Your body cannot run if you’re 300lb. Your heart has to work harder when you have excess weight. How is that healthy when that fat is not actually needed or beneficial to your health?
~Taking a cue from that last statement, an extra 100lbs of fat is not beneficial to your health, in fact it just adds more weight and more wear and tear on your body.
~These studies are shorter term. So yes, perhaps these individuals have less inflammation now, but what about in a decade? What about their CVD risks than?
So to conclude, from an evolutionary standpoint, our bodies are meant to be limber enough to run. Being obese means you are less efficient at this action. No, we aren’t still running away from predators, but that doesn’t mean our bodies don’t still ‘think’ the same thing. I don’t believe we will ever evolve to a point where having more fat than is needed will be adaptive.
If you really wanted to argue with this, you could MAYBE say that being slightly overweight could be considered okay because 1. our methods of measuring and comparing to standards may not always be the best and 2. different bodies have different set points, the weight where the body naturally levels out to given a balanced lifestyle, and perhaps in some situations, one body may have a slightly higher set point than what is considered a normal weight …. Again a set point will not be 100lbs over the norm… and 3. having a bit more weight in the older ages is adaptive to prevent fractures and breaks from falls due to more cushioning (AND again this is slightly overweight from our standards, not obese..)
So is this idea of a metabolically health obese just another attempt to justify our obesity problem? I dunno, but either way, I cannot agree with this idea in any way. Obesity is something I see as a problem with our current society, and I feel that it is a condition that is almost entirety the result of a poor diet and exercise lifestyle.
Would love to hear your thoughts!