I shouldn't have to be writing that headline. The fact that you absolutely don't have to be ludicrous-model-skinny and that picking on fat people is unfair if habitual does not mean that carrying stupidly large amounts of excess fat is good for you. But if you're in denial and you need reminding, here are the health problems that arise from being overweight.
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At The Conversation. University of Melbourne Professor of Medicine Joseph Proietto has a full summary of the potential health problems that arise from larding up (something Matt Preston was presumably considering in the picture anove, given that he was at an anti-obesity campaign launch at the time). As the post notes, " the most important factor is that fat causes resistance to insulin, the hormone responsible for regulating metabolism". That can lead to diabetes, sleep apnoea, hypertension, high cholesterol and increased cancer risk -- and that's far from the full list. If this is news to you, the post is required reading.