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From Frugivore — Obesity is a big problem … literally and figuratively. More Americans are overweight now than ever before, and more of us are dying because of it. While no one will say being overweight is the best thing next to sliced bread, there is a prevailing myth that it is impossible to be fat and healthy.

Most of us assume that small equals healthy and big equals death, but the truth is your size doesn’t always 100% determine how healthy you are. Many people have achieved the ideal height-weight ratio and have a host of health problems that someone three times their size doesn’t deal with. Here are three ways to tell that you are overweight, but healthy.

You Move

No I don’t mean move as in from the fridge to the couch, move as in you get in a moderate amount of physical activity. Sure you don’t go hard in the gym 5 days a week and you most certainly had Popeye’s for lunch, but you do get in a good walk or workout DVD at least once a week and your daily schedule keeps you up and moving most of the day. No matter your size, if you aren’t up and moving the only benefit from your couch potato lifestyle will be a shorter life span.

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  • 2cents

    I’m sorry, but why are there so many articles stating that fat is okay. I don’t believe fat people should be persecuted or made fun of but I don’t understand why we are trying to figure out degrees of fat or levels of acceptability.

    There are many big people in my life who I love and adore, but let’s be honest–being fat is not a disease or something uncontrollable. My husband is a chef and was “sampling the product” so much that he gained 70lbs over the years. He’s recently lost 40 and is still working hard at it.

    Stop making excuses!

    • Logic

      Co-sign 100%. Being a bit overweight isn’t harmful…now. But it can and will be as years progress, metabolism slows and there is not the time or energy to exercise. Also, fat is almost 100% due to inactivity and poor eating habits, which can also be corrected. As one commentor already stated, it’s also important to stop defending fat and STOP labeling those who are clearly obese as being fat. obesity is ALWAYS unhealthy and potentially fatal. People need to wake up and start doing things (exercise 4-5 days a week, learn proper nutrition) to improve their health instead of wasting time defending unhealthy habits.