The state of the body, either fit or fat, underweight or overweight has various health implications. With focus on fit and fat, it is necessary to note that both fitness and fatness are important.
Body weight has a lot to do with increased risk of contracting depleting health conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, strokes and more.
Hosts of debilitating health conditions are associated with excessive body weight. While body fat is important, excessive body weight (overweight) has a significant association with deadly health problems and in some ways increase the health risk level of an overweight individual.
The emphasis laid on losing weight would be better channeled to the importance of exercises, proper feeding and physical fitness. Many individuals have naturally big body and stature and this does not make them automatic candidates for health problems especially if they eat well and maybe do exercise. A fat person who has a normal blood pressure and a normal glucose and cholesterol level and is healthy does not necessarily have to bother about losing weight.
The downside of being overweight comes to play mainly when an overweight individual has poor diet habits and maybe other bad health habits. But even at this, downplaying the risk of being overweight is dangerous.
It is possible to be both fit and fat at the same time. But fitness holds much more importance to an individual’s health than fat.
The idea that every overweight individual is faced with an increased risk of death from disease (mortality) is untrue. A fat and fit person is healthy. It is easier for a fat person to become fit than for a fat person to become thin. Fitter is not thinner.
Fit and overweight individuals are at a decreased risk of diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension and stroke. Being lean does not eliminate the chances and risk of health problems as a lean and unfit person still stands the risk of heart diseases, diabetes and more. One danger of the emphasis laid on weight loss is that people who are thin can be misled to think they are in safe health conditions.
Studies have also shown an independent relationship between overweight and increased risk of health problems. Both underweight and overweight increases the risk of premature death from disease, so fitness is it.