Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fight Heart Disease With A Fat Ass

Wanna protect yourself from heart disease?  Forgot about a healthy intake of food and exercise; just shoot for that beautiful pear shape.  "Oxford University scientists -- who have looked at all the evidence on the health effects of storing more fat on the hips, thighs and bum, rather than around the waist -- show that having a 'pear shape' is not just less bad for you than an 'apple shape', but actively protects against diabetes and heart disease."

Beautiful!  Don't worry about that 30% or 40% body fat.  Don't worry about the healthy outcomes of eating meats, veggies, and fruits.  Don't worry about the benefits of exercise.  Just aim high; aim for that pear!  Seriously, are you kidding me?  I understand the premise of this study.  It shows that if you're going to be obese, then just shoot for a pear shape rather than an apple shape due to the awful side effects of abdominal fat and thus, most surely, lots of visceral fat.

What's next? 

"The Pear-Shaped Workout - How To Shift Fat From Your Belly To Your Ass.  But wait, there's more.  You also receive our low-fat, high-carb diet guide guaranteed to keep you fat and lead you to certain death even earlier than expected.  But wait, that's not all!  And to top this special offer, we'll throw in 1 year of free Lipitor to do absolutely nothing positive but make you think you're helping yourself..."

"Thigh fat might also secrete more beneficial hormones like leptin and adiponectin, Dr Manolopoulos says, although this is unclear at the moment."  Uh..umm...ever hear of leptin resistence? 

I understand that the study is pointing out that if you're going to have one or the other (not because of choice), then you should feel better about thigh and butt fat vs abdominal fat, but come on people.  Don't make people think they are FIGHTING heart disease because their fat is in a different place.  Adipose tissue has many bad side effects including, but certianly not limited to...cardiovascular disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, leptin resistance, & cancer.

Move More.  Eat Less.

Until next time...

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