This article in the New York Times is about a fat endurance athlete. Fat athletes aren’t rare, but I will admit that there don’t seem to be many fat long distance runners. The article makes a big deal over the fact that the guy sometimes gains weight before a race so he knows that he’ll still be classified as obese afterwards. Seems like he’s making a point that you can be fat and fit, which I certainly agree with.
My favorite quote from the article is by Linda Bacon. My second favorite is this one:
While Pitkanen is obese by most measures, he is not considered morbidly obese, and he may have developed strong muscles over the years, said Dr. Nada Abumrad, an obesity researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “I’m not saying it’s recommended, but there is some evidence that if you are obese, your muscles have to adapt to carrying the extra weight.”