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Podcast #324:
The Obesity Paradox: Does Thinner Mean Sicker?

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Guest: Dr. Chip Lavie, M.D.

Imagine two guys standing side by side…

Person A (we’ll call him Norm) is categorized as “normal weight” on the Body Mass Index (BMI) scale. He’s perfectly content with his weight, eats fairly well, and seldom makes time for exercise since his weight appears to be ideal.

Person B (we’ll call him Obi) has a BMI of 34, considered “mildly obese”. He also eats well, but manages to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of exercise 4-5 days each week.

Who lives longer?

Well, according to the latest research, Obi the Mildly Obese Man has a lower mortality rate than Normal Weight Norm.


I know, it sounds completely backwards. But science has recently uncovered an “Obesity Paradox”, revealing the protective nature of body fat.

For example, did you know that…

* Mild to moderate obesity poses no additional mortality risks those already suffering from heart disease.

* Diabetes patients of normal weight are twice as likely to die as those who are overweight or obese.

* Being overweight is not related to increased mortality in the elderly.

But WAIT! Before you accuse me of encouraging you to stop eating real food, drop your workout program, and let yourself go, I want to be clear that that is NOT what I am suggesting. Not even.

What I am saying is that thin does not always mean healthy, and being overweight or obese is not always a sign of ill health and a swiftly approaching demise.

On today’s podcast I discuss in-depth with Dr. Chip Lavie, cardiologist and author of The Obesity Paradox.

Actually, I uploaded this podcast about a week and half ago, but I held off on telling you about it because The Obesity Paradox book was released in paperback today. Saved you a few bucks! 😉

Click the PLAY button at the top of the post to listen to the entire episode.

See you Friday with some brain-boosting tips for beating brain fog!





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