Why a Professor says it is Okay to be Obese

In her new book, US Professor Rekha Nath explained why it is okay, and sometimes even healthy, to be obese.

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"There’s nothing wrong with being fat"

A US professor has claimed that it is okay, and sometimes even healthy, to be obese.

Rekha Nath, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama, said there is enough evidence that shows that being obese is not always bad for someone’s health and that the issue is not black and white.

She highlighted new research over the past decade that suggests that current methods for addressing obesity are not working.

Professor Nath said: “It is OK to be fat because there’s nothing wrong with being fat.

“There’s nothing wrong with being fat, of course, except for all that our society does to make it bad to be fat.”

In her new book Why it’s OK To Be Fat, Professor Nath cited a 2010 review of 36 older studies which found that overweight people who exercise were less likely to die prematurely than unfit people at a “healthy” body weight.

She argued that lifestyle factors may better predict health than just measuring one’s waistline.

Professor Nath explained that not everyone with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) has bad health, noting that factors like fat distribution and activity level might be more important than just weight.

For example, studies showing where your fat sits is more important than how much of it you have overall.

Studies have shown that fat located deep in your midsection contributes more to some of the factors associated with obesity than fat that lies just beneath the skin on your legs.

This is because your deep stomach fat releases more molecules that inflame your body, contributing to a host of health issues.

Obesity causes Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, liver disease and many kinds of cancers.

Professor Nath acknowledged this but said the methods for treating obesity don’t always work well and instead make overweight people feel worse.

Until Ozempic’s arrival, the common advice for overweight people was to eat less and be more active, which sometimes worked.

But Professor Nath cited a study that showed that 41% of people who try to lose weight by dieting end up heavier than their original weight four to five years later.

She said: “Being fat is seen as unattractive, as gross even. We view fat as a sign of weakness, of greediness, of laziness.”

Professor Nath said this creates a system whereby being thin makes people good and being overweight makes people bad, adding:

“Many, if not most, of us are not quite sure whether it is genuinely OK to be fat.”

However, a person’s body fat depends on the number of calories they consume, regardless of who they are.

If you consistently eat more calories than your body uses to power itself, your body will begin to store those excess calories as fat.

However, genetics, stress, medication and health conditions can all make it harder to lose fat, by causing inflammation, creating a slower metabolism and affecting body-fat distribution.

Professor Nath said that regardless of the cause, it is clear across society that people fear getting fat, and associate it with failure.

She said: “Not only does subjecting fat people to weight stigma seem to make it less likely that they will become thin, but, more­over, weight stigma appears to seriously harm their physical and mental health in many ways.”

Lead Editor Dhiren is our news and content editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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