Weighing 80 kg with a height of 165 cm is the norm! Doctors demand revision of «standards»

Low fat, low carb, Paleo, keto, Mediterranean, Japanese, mono, intermittent fasting—the list is endless. For many decades, our culture has idealized thinness and considered being overweight (we’ll talk about it later) not only unaesthetic, but also undeniably unhealthy. No wonder that literally every middle-aged woman (30-50 years old) has been on a diet in the last few years. A weight-health study of over 100,000 women found that less than 1% of very large women were able to achieve a «normal» weight in terms of today’s guidelines. At the same time, among those who lost weight, even if not to the “ideal”, but by significant amounts, there was not an improvement, but a deterioration in health, while among those who lost weight to the norm, an improvement in health was recorded in a minority.

Do not self-medicate! In our articles, we collect the latest scientific data and the opinions of authoritative health experts. But remember: only a doctor can diagnose and prescribe treatment.

So maybe something is wrong with the rules?

Some medical experts are now saying what many of us desperately wanted to hear: It’s very difficult to lose weight in the long run for reasons that have nothing to do with willpower, but most importantly, it makes little to no sense.

“The dominant message that people get from society, medical organizations and the media is that weight and health are connected. But there really isn’t strong evidence that weight gain automatically leads to poor health,” says Jeffrey Hunger*, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Miami University, Ohio.

* (Hunger in translation from English is hunger. Agree, a speaking surname!)

“If you’re overweight, you need to lose weight to protect your joints from arthritis and your heart from overwork. Familiar? Yes, but this, to put it mildly, is not entirely true. I will say thesis: weight is usually gained and reduced gradually, and your joints, muscles (and heart muscle too) are trained to «work» with just such a weight. Dropping pounds drastically means creating problems. This is the first. The second and perhaps the most important thing is that no one tells you what you risk when you lose weight, and what is your personal normal weight. You are stupidly driven into the framework of standards. Add to this companies with financial interests in distributing low-fat products, from diet food vendors to pharmaceutical companies producing various drugs to reduce appetite and burn calories, think the authors of books on weight loss. I would not be afraid to call it the «anti-fat» sect, because everything is based on the exclusive belief that weight should be calculated according to a certain formula (by the way, does it bother you that there are thousands of these formulas?), Without any intelligible explanation, Why is it so, why is it necessary.

Let me prove the absurdity of these norms with one phrase: do you really believe that in an ideal world all women weigh the same with the same height? Some sort of Stepford wives?

Here are eight important facts that the study confirmed.

1. Weight is not an indicator of health

Doctors worry that obese women are «cardiometabolically unhealthy» — a shortened term that covers blood pressure, cholesterol, triglyceride and blood glucose levels, as well as other indicators of the health of the heart and arteries.

But researchers at UCLA and the University of Minnesota evaluated nearly two dozen studies and concluded that «there is no clear link between weight loss and health outcomes.» In other words, the weight loss did not lead to significant reductions in blood pressure, diabetes risk, or cholesterol levels. Doctors studied data from more than 40,000 participants and found that almost half of the people classified as «overweight» (and more than a quarter labeled «obese») had perfectly healthy lipid and blood glucose levels, meaning that their heart and blood vessels were in perfect order. Meanwhile, 30% of «normal weight» participants had unhealthy levels of these markers.

2. Health depends on activity, not weight.

In an article published in the journal Social Issues and Policy Review, Hanger and colleagues reviewed a plethora of research on weight and health and found that being active makes us healthier and helps us live longer—and that, too, has nothing to do with weight. . Fat people who play sports, walk a lot, are socially active and have no bad habits, have exactly the same health indicators as thin people who lead a similar lifestyle. At the same time, and in confirmation of what was said, it turned out that the health status of overweight and thin people was equally deplorable if their lifestyle meant lying-sitting pastime, no fitness, smoking and alcohol. Do you want «easy evidence»? Google «fat yoga trainers» and see what «fat bodies» are all about.

3. You can be fat and athletic

Our culture regularly equates excess fat with a loss of ability to move, be flexible and active, but many women with large «overweight» in the study of the physiological capabilities of the human body have left skinny competitors far behind. They showed more impressive results when running long distances, loading in the gym and cardio endurance. Oops!

A team of international researchers proved this when they followed 43,000 participants into 4 conditional groups: low weight, normal weight, slightly overweight and significantly overweight. At first, everyone was measured blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and then checked the level of physical fitness of the participants. The places were distributed as follows: a little above the norm, the norm, and equally bad — very thin and very full.

4. Losing pounds does not lead to better health

If low weight equaled good health, dropping pounds would automatically make people healthier—but it happens. Dr. Hunger points to a meta-analysis that showed that even after dieters lost weight, their blood pressure, glucose levels and other blood markers did not improve even two years later and with weight maintenance! His opinion is confirmed by scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Minnesota, who conducted their study, studying the impact of weight loss on health. Their data came out even more impressive: with an equal amount of physical exercise per week (in hours), people who retained or slightly lost everything turned out to be healthier and more resilient compared to those who lost 15 or more kilograms against the background of similar activity.

5. The “spend more than you consume” formula is wrong.

Genes, ethnicity, medications people take, where they live, income, and the number (and quality!) of hours of sleep per night all play a role, and most nutritionists focus only on calories.

Barbara Corky, Ph.D., professor emeritus of medicine and biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine and director of the Center for Obesity Research, proved in her study that chemicals used in agriculture, food additives, and other toxins on our plates can cause our body mistakenly releases too much insulin, a hormone that makes us want to eat more. Corky suggests that it may not be that obesity causes problems like insulin resistance, as many doctors believe, but rather the opposite: that unnaturally high levels of insulin in the diet lead to obesity and insulin resistance.

6. Being too thin is more dangerous than being too fat.

Reduced body weight turned out to be more dangerous as a risk factor for premature death compared to overweight: this is the conclusion of a team of international scientists who studied hundreds of studies with more than 30 million (millions!!!) participants. The state of health of thin people was stable and in all cases improved with each gained kilogram, and many diseases of digestion, metabolism, and the work of internal organs disappeared without a trace, as soon as the weight of the subject began … to exceed the norm. Moreover: in addition to purely medical indicators, the participants in the studies themselves noted an improvement in well-being, strengthening immunity, an increase in libido and a desire for physical activity. Over 70% noted that their mood improved and overall vitality increased, and those suffering from clinical depression (participants with such a diagnosis were allocated to a separate group) in 57% of cases refused drug therapy as unnecessary — within two years after gaining weight.

7. Doctors are to blame for the diseases of overweight women

As part of the study, personal anonymous conversations were conducted with the participants, and every single one noted that at least once in their life they faced a situation where the doctor, to whom the woman came with a specific complaint, judged, blamed her or wrote off everything on weight. This leads to a vicious circle: women avoid going to the doctor because they do not want to be shamed and dishonored, as a result they self-medicate or ignore the discomfort they feel, and when the disease reaches a dangerous stage, doctors write it off … for being overweight! And if the patient had been examined in time, she could have recovered. This is especially true for diseases of the reproductive system and cardiovascular problems: it is easier to attribute a heart attack to obesity than to the fact that the cardiologist was too lazy to diagnose.

8. The health of the body is its abilities and capabilities

A European analysis of weight loss statistics in women with a large physique found that the chances of achieving a “normal” BMI are less than 1 in 100! “Stop losing weight for photos on Instagram (a social network recognized as extremist and banned in the Russian Federation) or a high school reunion,” says Dr. Hanger. Do you want to take care of your health? Eat more whole grains, vegetables, grains, less red meat and processed foods.

“Even thin people can benefit from letting go of thoughts about weight,” Hanger says. We would all be better off spending our time and energy elsewhere. “Instead of trying to shrink your body, start appreciating everything it does for you. You’ll be healthy and feel good — and that’s what matters — no matter what size you wear.»

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