Given the continual media assault on fatness, the average person is forgiven for asking, “How can fat be good?” And yet, study after study has shown that, among people with many chronic diseases, fatter patients do better on average. This is called the “obesity paradox”, although it’s only a paradox if you believe that fatness can’t possibly be good.
But it can be. We’ve talked about it on this blog here, here, here, and here. Even anti-fat guy Kenneth Krause admitted it. But one (admittedly large) study comes out showing that this is not the case for type 2 diabetes and the media act as if that debunks the whole idea of fat as being protective. This is especially annoying since another recent study confirms the “obesity paradox” for diabetes.
The number of studies confirming that there are some health benefits to fatness is large enough such that we should no longer be debating whether the benefits exist at all. We should be running studies trying to figure out why these benefits exist, and how they can be used to help people who aren’t fat, or fat people without any illness.
I could write a lot more about this, but as I said above, we have done already, and this shit is getting old.