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Myths and Untruths

I’ll have four slices with ’nonsense’ and bacon

Finally, we would like to deflate some of the most widespread myths and untruths about overweight.

  1. Rather skinny and spineless than fat and fit
    Recent studies have shown that it is far more healthy to be moderately overweight (BMI 25-30) and in shape than being normal weight and out of shape. What is dangerous about being lightly overweight are not the extra kilos but the fact that many lightly overweight are not physically active. It has been documented that physical exercise of overweight people only leads to a small weight loss but that the complications in connection of being overweight are significantly reduced – whether or not weight loss follows or not. The conclusion is there that all overweight should exercise regularly and that it is beneficial for your health whether or not you lose weight.

  2. Rather a heavy smoker than fat
    Overweight smokers live their life dangerously. Calculations show that a 40 year-old overweight smoker dies 13-15 years before a 40 year-old normal weight non-smoker. A lot of overweight smokers have extra trouble quitting the smokes because. Often, the argument is that when they quit smoking they gain extra weight and the is not healthy either. Studies show that smokers on average gain 10% of their weight during the first year after they have quit smoking. However, after two years most people have lost the 20% again. So overweight is no excuse for quitting smoking.

  3. Fat people brought it on themselves
    No, this is not true! Overweight is caused by a combination of hereditary and environmental conditions. There is a hereditary reason why some people easily gain weight while others can (practically) eat what they want. The newest scientific studies deflate this claim and should lead to bigger understanding and acceptance of the situation of overweight people.

  4. I become ill when I am hungry
    A common remark is: ‘If I do not eat something right now, I will feel ill.’ This is entirely wrong. The body is constructed to keep the blood sugar at a constant – also after several days with no food at all. It is uncomfortable but not dangerous to be hungry.