Why Being Fat Is Bad For Your Health

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.

Explainer: how does excess weight cause disease?


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      You are also making the assumption that all fat people make fun of skinny people, this is not particularly fair either.

        No, but it is true that all fat people are fat.

          Haha I love the deliver on that

      There's a difference between not tip-toeing and outright mocking though.

    Digestion is one of the most taxing process in the human body especially on the immune system. Being fat is worst on your health then drinking an smoking. Not saying drinking and smoking are good, just highlighting how bad being overweight is.

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    Not this again.
    Let me know when slim people never get sick / die, and I'll consider becoming one of them.

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    this comment is inappropriate... blah blah blah. you write a flaming article and then can't handle the responses. OK. no worries. Knowing my tax dollars are wasted is annoying, but then I don't have to live with being fat

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