Directly in the WTF category is research that found that the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people with hypertension and diabetes increased as BMI dropped; and yet the researchers still urge weight loss because being fat increases the risk of CVD.
Not only did the patients with the lowest BMI have the highest death rate, but the people with the highest BMI had the lowest death rate from CVD. A lot of research shows that the “over weight” BMI range usually has the lowest death rate overall. But this study shows that as BMI increased, the risk of death from CVD dropped.
It seems obvious to me that while fat people may be at higher risk for certain conditions (diabetes, hypertension and CVD), the effects of these conditions are less harmful to fat people – especially now that we live in a world where diabetes and hypertension can be controlled by medication.
Why would you then prescribe weight loss for a person with these health issues when the research shows that they will be more likely to survive if they are fat? To me, the fact that fatness is a risk factor for getting CVD is irrelevant because we’re talking about patients that already have CVD.
Is it me? Do I just not get it? Or are researchers that afraid to actually admit that there are natural protections that come from being fat because their funding will dry up?
For fuck’s sake.