Have you ever heard of this? Go ahead and “google” or “yahoo” or even “bing” it. You’ll find a lot of articles on this issue. Basically the “obesity” paradox is the circumstance where a fat person is healthy. Why this should be considered a paradox just shows you how screwed up the perception of fatness is within the medical community.
However, while being fat is considered a risk factor for many conditions (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease), fat people with these diseases tend to live longer than their average weight counterparts. Mostly it has been studied in relation to congestive heart failure where it is clear that being fat gives you a better prognosis.
Why is this so? So far, nobody knows. Like many things related to the human body, the relationship between fat and health does not fit into one neat, predictable package.
One size does not fit all when it comes to health and body size.
Until the medical community admits that a person can be fat for many many reasons, that long term weight loss is the exception not the rule, and that being fat does not necessarily equal unhealthy, fat people will continue to meet discrimination in healthcare.
It is so bizarre to me that the healthcare community, which should be firmly based in science, is so obstinate about accepting what science now tells us about treating the fat patient.
It seems to me that every medical school should have a curriculum that includes the science of human fatness; as well as some kind of course addressing fat phobia/fat bigotry – especially in the medical community. Sort of like how all continuing education for lawyers in California includes a certain number of hours on ethics, substance abuse, and elimination of bias in the legal profession. If lawyers can admit they have problems, why can’t healthcare professionals?