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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Can you be fat and healthy at the same time?   ( divider line
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2003-01-14 09:38:13 AM  
I sometimes think that 'fat' (American def: 10-20 lbs over) people who don't berate themselves & are happy with themselves are healthier. Perhaps their blood pressure/cholesterol/whatever is a little too high/low - but being content/happy with who you are makes for a much more mentally healthy person (as opposed to the health obsessed who are frantically trying to become someone else.)

Bottom line: happy = healthy.
2003-01-14 10:47:00 AM  
You can have a 5 inch mole on your cheek and be healthy too. People are missing the point.

Bottom line: happy = looking good.
2003-01-14 11:04:08 AM  
Good point ACF - although, for the life of me I can't figure out why Enrigue doesn't just lop off that carcinoma on his cheek (or Aaron Neville, for that matter...)

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2003-01-14 11:30:02 AM  
Enrique's mark = hot
Aaron Neville's = large smashed cherry
2003-01-14 11:49:26 AM  
Fat people are happy. They are farking jolly, like Santa Claus.
2003-01-14 12:09:07 PM  
My new favorite word is "voluptu-waif."
2003-01-14 12:20:38 PM  
That math at the start is farked up... I'm 6'2", and 200 pounds, and I got 950... and they say anyone over 25 is unhealthy?
2003-01-14 12:34:40 PM  
He was fat. I mean Orca fat...

2003-01-14 02:57:10 PM  
I think Bump's initial comment was right on the money. You can feel as healthy as you want to, regardless of your weight.

I think it must work the same for how you look. I think regardless of your body type, you can groom yourself well and look great, if that's how you feel on the inside.
2003-01-14 03:05:02 PM  
Amen Wanda.... now if you'd just soften your stance on garlic.
2003-01-14 03:06:17 PM  
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2003-01-14 03:06:54 PM  
they aren't fat they're just big boned
2003-01-14 03:07:18 PM  
wow, i know allot of healthy people now.
2003-01-14 03:08:06 PM  
I learned at the Icy Hot Stuntaz academy you can be PHAT, and healthy at the same time. Werd
2003-01-14 03:09:00 PM  
divide it twice, as in divide once then divide again.

I got 41.6, but I have 8% body fat (measured) WTF??

So I'm a fatty?
2003-01-14 03:09:13 PM  

Well since I haven't seen fat people just keel over dead in front of me, I'd go with yes. Does that get me my 'x' in the center square ?

Damn, I'm a puny 145lb and I feel like walking death. All this talk about health makes me want to have a smoke.

2003-01-14 03:09:30 PM  
Not only that, but damn sexy, too.
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2003-01-14 03:10:30 PM  
I sure hope so.
2003-01-14 03:10:44 PM  
put the cookie down!
2003-01-14 03:10:53 PM  
i could stand to lose a few pounds but can also run 6.5 miles in an hour. am i fit? my doctor thinks so.

however, i used to way about 60 more pounds than i do now. so i'm better, anyway.
2003-01-14 03:11:54 PM  
It's all perspective.
A little padding round the midsection never hurt anyone...

Needing to take a breather after walking to the fridge, yaa that's bad.
2003-01-14 03:12:04 PM  
God, I hope so.

I am 6 foot 5 inches tall and 295lbs. BUT...I have great colesteral, blood pressure, and am in pretty good shape. I'd say I am very healthy, although acording to those really outdated charts at the Dr.'s office I'm like 100 pounds over. Man, I would look like those guys they found in the Naxi camps if I weighed less than 200 lbs.
2003-01-14 03:12:07 PM  
I feel jovial! Super size that order while I flex my cellulite.
2003-01-14 03:12:33 PM  
"weigh," not "way."

also, i really miss smoking cigarettes, but don't do that anymore either.
2003-01-14 03:14:59 PM  
Fat smelly people can't ride the bus in BEND, Ore.
2003-01-14 03:15:28 PM  
Because muscle actually weighs more than fat, many people who are actually in great physical shape would be considered overweight when using this method.
2003-01-14 03:15:31 PM  
bmi is bogus. at 5'11" and 185#, my bmi is like 25.7. I'm also in pretty good shape physically. on the other hand, my lowest weight in recent years was about 168, giving me a bmi of 23.something. i looked emaciated at that weight.
2003-01-14 03:15:44 PM  
i really miss smoking cigarettes

God, don't bring up the "c" word...

I'm right in the middle of the BMI chart with a 22.5. However, once my smoking addiction is completely gone, I'm afraid I might go over the bad end.

"Yeah, I don't smoke, but now I tip the scales at 2 bills..."
2003-01-14 03:15:58 PM  
Everything I learned from Fark threads about fat and obese folk can be summed up in he following; fat people aren't really people and are weak, stupid and/or terrorists directly responsible for third-world hunger.

All in all this should be a good thread...
2003-01-14 03:16:36 PM  
Pulic service announcement: BMI is bullshiat if you are a conditioned athlete. For example, Michael Jordan is considered obese under BMI.
2003-01-14 03:17:05 PM  
Thongs for everyone! (This will get ugly)
2003-01-14 03:17:19 PM  
The best news in the story is the part about how, if you're overweight by age 35, you run an increased risk of dying. I'm now 37 and overweight. I'm doomed -- which means I can eat whatever the hell I want now, since it doesn't make a difference anyway!

Yippee, and pass the pizza.
2003-01-14 03:17:39 PM  
It benefits both the pulic AND the public

2003-01-14 03:18:00 PM  
I just did that diet where you cut out carbs and just eat meat dripping with fat and other shiat that clogs your arteries.

I'm pretty slim now but I feel like death.

Fat people should be fried.
2003-01-14 03:18:33 PM  
i think Bumps comment is right on the money for the most part. by the standards out there today, i'm about 25 lbs overweight (uh oh...scary thing to admit to on fark ;)) (granted, i'm also five months pregnant :))...but i'm healthy as can be. my blood pressure is low, my cholesterol is normal...and most importantly, i'm happy and feel good.

however, there are exceptions to the "happy = healthy" rule. if a person is morbidly doesn't matter how happy they are, there are still health problems to deal with, and there is no getting around that.

then again, people who smoke might be plenty happy, but they are certainly doing damage to their lungs...which would ultimately cause them to have health conditions.
2003-01-14 03:19:17 PM  
Can you survive on denial alone?
2003-01-14 03:19:28 PM  
on the other hand, the more ytou eat, the more likely it is you'll be taken out by an exploding frying pan.
2003-01-14 03:20:52 PM  
Who-ho-hoah, there, Nightsweat, now you know these threads ain't big enough for TWO dogs...

Quizzical dog says:"I am perplexed and confused about the human obsession with the superficial, topological minutae of their bodies, instead of consistently pressing a more comprehensive set of criteria for their health where did I put my damn chew toy....grrrrrrowrggrrrrrr..."
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2003-01-14 03:22:46 PM  
can people be fat and healthy at the same time? sure, if you change the definition of "healthy", then anybody can be "healthy."

if dying of obesity in your 50's is what you consider healthy, then be as happy as you want.
2003-01-14 03:23:17 PM  
I call shenanigans!

I'm 6'2" 175 lbs
I drink liberally
I smoke cigarettes
ganja - yes!
I can ride my mountain bike all day long without sucking wind
I have unprotected monkey sex with Haitian prostitutes while I mainline speedballs and eat 1/2 lb rare cheeseburgers

Ummm...I probably shouldn't have added that last thing...
2003-01-14 03:23:28 PM  
not sure what the link posting situation is like in this forum..but this is a handy tool...

I'm fat...well..overweight catagory BUT NOT OBESE! I am still working on that.

2003-01-14 03:23:33 PM  
Fat & healthy, yes
Fat & Sexy, no

Just kidding, really....
2003-01-14 03:23:33 PM  
My wife weighs around 145-150. Nobody believes me when I tell them. She doesn't look fat at all. She has the build of a normal woman.

Secretly, I think its because of her admantium skeletal system, but I keep that under wraps so I don't blow her cover as "Wolverina"...
2003-01-14 03:24:39 PM  
A ha!

same link as above, but hopefully clickable

2003-01-14 03:26:24 PM  
A Fatty thread! YES! It's been too long. Someone talk about having to sit next to a fat guy on an airplane...
2003-01-14 03:26:47 PM  
Can you be fat and healthy at the same time?

I'm trying my damnedest.
2003-01-14 03:29:51 PM  
01-14-03 03:24:39 PM Hoblit
A ha!

I'm the perfect weight for someone 12' tall.
2003-01-14 03:30:36 PM  
"Fat" and "obese" are two different things. Fat people can be just as healthy as slim people; this has been proven by studies. Obese people, on the other hand...

But why should I care what people do to themselves? The media can blame increasing medical costs on the increase in fat and obese people, but it sure looks to me like those rates were climbing higher before "fat" and "obese" became some kind of rogue strain of the bubonic superAIDs virus.
2003-01-14 03:32:01 PM  
Star Jones: I'm a diva!

Jim Norton: What's BBW stand for? Big Blue Whale?

I got nuthin.
2003-01-14 03:32:04 PM  
Yes, you can be fat & healthy
Yes, the cheque is in the mail
yes, O.J Simpson is really innocent
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