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Seems like the right advice here is "get fat but not too fat". People categorized as obese still had higher death rates. So, don't eat too many of those donuts.

Posted by Julie | November 7, 2007 7:30 AM

I like donuts, especially the ones from Top Pot.

Posted by dough butt | November 7, 2007 7:32 AM

Am I the only person who thinks Top Pot is really really over-rated?

Posted by Just Me | November 7, 2007 7:33 AM

Yeah, well explain that to my waistline and the growing pants that refuse to fit anymore.

You CAN die of not having any more good pants to wear tho'

Posted by fred | November 7, 2007 7:39 AM

And this is why I ignore federal researchers. Eat it science!

Posted by Rotten666 | November 7, 2007 7:45 AM

It's not about being healthy or living longer. It's about looking good. Jesus.

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 7, 2007 7:51 AM

@3, yes, you are the only one who thinks Top Pot is overrated. You need a pink feather boa. Now.

Posted by DaiBando | November 7, 2007 7:53 AM

This is a cry for help. Dan, don't do it.

Posted by jseattle | November 7, 2007 7:57 AM

Being overweight isn't necessarily being obese. Being obese is being excessively overweight... whereas being overweight can simply be a matter of being a little bigger than average. Many athletes, for example, are technically overweight due to their muscle mass.

Posted by Gomez | November 7, 2007 8:11 AM

dude, mighty-o wipes the floor with top pot.

Posted by Cale | November 7, 2007 8:51 AM

Hell, that cheers ME up! ;-> I'm fat, but I do walk about a mile a day and am reasonably active (much as I hate exercise).

I think what you eat and how active you are matter, in addition to your genes. My great grandfather was fat, drank, smoked cigars and lived to be 89 (he died after breaking a hip). I hope I acquired his longevity genes.

By contrast, his mother, who was also very fat, died at 50 from what sounded like diabetes (she'd developed gangrene in both legs).

Posted by Laurie D. T. Mann | November 7, 2007 8:54 AM

I've heard results like this before. About fucking time someone did a massive enough study.

Seriously, I'm BMI-obese, but all my tests (because every doctor who sees my written weight freaks out and orders a barrage of tests) come back as extremely healthy. Because I come from a long line of farmers on either side who saw the worth of a woman as her ability to carry a pig under each arm.

People need to stop acting the the BMI is the only true indicator of weight. Remember that Meme bitch that said Jordan was too fat, and the picture of diabetes and heart disease? That's what comes of blanket statements.

Posted by Kat | November 7, 2007 8:58 AM

They may live longer, but they get laid less, and really, can you call that living?

Posted by Gitai | November 7, 2007 9:05 AM

Last I heard all these "fatter is healthier" claims had been debunked. A recent Scientific American article took them on, and the conclusion was that a lot of people get thin when they're dying of a disease, so this skews the results.

This new claim still only establishes that there are correlations between weight and death rates, not causes. In fact, there's nothing really new here, as far as I can see.

Excessive fat is still not good for you.

Posted by Irena | November 7, 2007 9:06 AM


HA, HA, HA!!!

Posted by ahava | November 7, 2007 9:30 AM

Gitai: Having huge boobs and hips has never gotten in the way of me getting laid, by either gender. The only thing that's really ever thwarted me is being close to six feet tall. Why aren't there any studies on the pitfalls of height?

Posted by Kat | November 7, 2007 9:31 AM

Also, just because you're fat doesn't mean you also have the genes for diabetes. I have lots of fat relatives and less than half of them ever got diabetes. And some of the fat ones lived to be pretty old. There's also no heart disease in either my mother or father's families.

There's cancer, stroke and general old age, but, heck, everyone dies of something.

Posted by Laurie D. T. Mann | November 7, 2007 9:31 AM

@14, the article I read said that they eliminated those who were underweight due to severe weight loss from illness, and the correlation stayed the same.

Posted by Megan | November 7, 2007 9:59 AM

Gomez: You're right, a lot of folks are BMI-overweight due to having more muscle than average.

Of course, most of the Seahawks front line is probably BMI-obese (>30).

Posted by JenK | November 7, 2007 10:26 AM

the CDC is an overly politicized, crony laden JOKE. a word of caution: don't believe anything they publish. it's the FEMA of public health.

and don't just blindly take one study's word over any other. no single study is perfect and provides all the answers.

Posted by brandon | November 7, 2007 10:38 AM


Okay, so what politicking applies to this study? They didn't want to hurt Dick Cheney's feelings?

Posted by keshmeshi | November 7, 2007 11:18 AM

21 - the issue is that the people running the show aren't the most qualified candidates for the job, rather the most well-connected. that's pretty much it.

to wit, a few years ago they published an obesity study whose results were way over-inflated due to a minor mathematical oversight, which of course they tried to pawn off on someone else. if that's not enough, it turns out the study was even worse than that.....

"Since the CDC knowingly used refuted research as the basis for their false 400,000 figure, they have a public obligation to go back to the drawing board. Policymakers, public health groups and the media should immediately cease using this data and stop the ridiculous claim that obesity-related deaths rival those of smoking."

Posted by brandon | November 7, 2007 1:49 PM


Correct, Mighty-O rules all galaxies. Plus, every time I say their name I think of a fantastic orgasm. :D

"Doughnuts (Or How I Stopped Starving and Learned To Love The Fatties)"

Posted by violet_dagrinder | November 7, 2007 2:22 PM

kat: anyone can get laid as long as they lower their standards enough. just look at mr. hands!

Posted by peter | November 7, 2007 2:40 PM

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