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Fat But Fit – Fact Or Fiction? We Tell You The Bare Bones Truth!
However, being obese greatly diminished the protective effects of being very fit. Scientists found that the more overweight a man was, the less protection he gained from exercise. Almost all of the obese subjects in this study had similar health results, regardless of how fit they were.
Even obese men who were among the top 20 percent of the most fit were still more likely to die an early death than men of normal weight who were at the bottom of the fitness scale.
Scientists admit that this study was limited because they only looked at young men, however, they insist that this study still shows that obese subjects cannot compensate for their weight by being physically fit.
Although no one really knows where this “fat but fit” phrase started, some suspect that this catch phrase started by some marketing genius at a fast food or junk food company. Fast food joints have been quick to grab onto this idea. The British Journal of Sports Medicine posted an editorial from researchers at the Frimley Park Hospital of the United Kingdom, the University of California at Davis, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and the University of Cape Town, accusing fast food corporations of using tactics similar to the ones that tobacco companies used to downplay the deadly effects of their products.
The editorial’s authors took particular notice of the practice of ad campaigns that use sports images or sports figures to sell their junk foods and sugar filled drinks, as if their products were healthy things that athletes indulge in regularly. This attempt to legitimize their nutritionally deficient products is a sham that should be stopped or exposed for what it is.
These tactics by the junk food and fast food industries are an attempt to conceal the fact that a poor diet is the single greatest risk factor for poor health. Poor diet causes more disease, including obesity, around the world, than smoking, alcohol, and a lack of exercise combined, according to a study published in The Lancet journal.