The Benefits of Obesity: Part II

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Three and a half long years have passed since I insisted that there must be some benefit to obesity (namely the enjoyment of food), and finally the headlines seem to agree with me. But the article entitled Odd benefit to obesity glosses over the price the obese must pay to get their benefit:

Overweight heart patients were about 75 percent less likely to die than their underweight counterparts during a five-year study because they were given aggressive medical procedures, a new study found.

Obese patients, who are often younger and have fewer unrelated health concerns, often are better candidates for intensive and invasive therapy for coronary artery disease than underweight patients, who are most likely older and in worse health, according to a study presented yesterday at an American Heart Association meeting in Chicago.

In other words, obese people have heart problems much earlier in their lives than the non-obese, and because they're not yet suffering from other problems, they're given more severe treatment and respond better to it.

A heart problem in one's 60s is one hell of a cost to bear to get the benefit of better response to treatment.

UPDATE: Here's a cute argument. Obesity + Liposuction = Stem Cells. With bonus quote from the Koran:

"…It may happen that you dislike a thing which is good for you,

and it may be that you love a thing which is bad for you.

Allah knows, while you know not." Qur'an [Surah Baqara 2:216]

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I recently discovered this anti-anti-obesity blog; you might find it useful.


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