Disease Proof

Obesity Good?

Yeah, this article stinks of junk-science-sensationalism to me, but apparently new research has determined that obesity can actually cut your risk of dying after a heart attack. Steven Reinberg of HealthDay News reports:
"Once a heart attack has occurred and been optimally treated, obese patients switch to a more favorable prognosis compared to normal-weight patients," said lead researcher Dr. Heinz Joachim Buettner, the head of interventional cardiology at Herz-Zentrum Bad Krozingen, Germany.

But the finding is no license for Americans to pile on the pounds, since obesity has long been known as a major factor for bringing on heart attack in the first place.

"Every effort should continue to prevent and treat obesity, and this study should not be taken to mean that it is good for one's health to be overweight or obese," said Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
I feel silly having to bring this up, but since Americans love a good excuse to be fat. It’s worth mentioning that obesity sets you up for a whole host of health problems, such as cancer. Dr. Fuhrman explains in Disease-Proof Your Child:
Obesity increases the incidence of many common cancers. For example, a carefully designed study that tracked more than one million women for twenty-five years found that women who were heavier and taller as youngsters were 56 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer.1

1. Perri, M. G., S. F. Sears, Jr., and J.E. Clark. 1993. Strategies for improving maintenance of weight loss: toward a continuous care model of obesity management. Diabetes Care 16: 200-09.
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