According to a recent study, there is a new obesity “paradox” in town. Researchers found that people who are fat when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, tend to live longer than people who are average weight when diagnosed.
Well yay us. Seems like fatties may have something going on that helps our bodies deal with type 2 diabetes! Right?
Well, the lead researcher Mercedes R. Carnethon has decided that the results couldn’t reflect some protective nature about being fat and having type 2 diabetes. Heaven forbid. No, she posits that the reason must be that lean people who get diabetes are somehow predisposed to worse health.
“Perhaps those individuals are somehow genetically loaded to develop diabetes and have higher mortality,” she said. “A normal-weight person who has diabetes has an extremely high mortality rate.”
With all due respect Dr. Carnethon. Fuck you.
She goes on to try to explain away the results of her research by claiming they couldn’t always track how much people were smoking (well, honey, fat people smoke too), or (I love this one) before being diagnosed the person was told to lose weight, and so is really an ex-fatty and that’s really why they died. (So even if you aren’t fat anymore, they still want to claim you died from death-by-fat? Argggggghhhhhh.)
So instead of saying, wow, there may be something going on that is protective about fat – maybe we should study that – Dr. Carnethon is like a two-year-old, being told something she doesn’t want to believe is possible – NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!! And the sad thing is many healthcare professionals and researchers are on Dr. Carnethon’s side, simply because they can’t believe there could be anything good associated with fat.