Josie (king_josie) wrote in ed_ucate,

If we were to take a scenario where there's 3 people:
Person A is obese, has an unhealthy diet* and does little exercise
Person B is obese, has a balanced diet and does some exercise
Person C is normal weight, has an unhealthy diet and does little exercise

Do persons A and B have a similar risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc as a result of their obesity?
Do persons A and C have a similar risk of health problems as a result of their unhealthy diet and lack of exercise?
Should person C worry as much about their unhealthy lifestyle as someone who is obese?

I guess, to summarise these questions: is it carrying excess weight which increases the likelihood of health problems, or is it the unhealthy diet which often leads to obesity which is the cause?

It makes more sense in my mind that it's the unhealthy diet that causes the problems, not the obesity. Yet we're bombarded with fat-phobia and scares about the "obesity epidemic" leading people to fad diets, unhealthy weightloss methods (a study i read recently showed that 45% of overweight teenage girls use eating disorder methods to lose weight) and eating disorders. If i am right, and it is unhealthy food that is the cause of these health problems, should the focus be more upon everyone eating healthily, not just focusing on those who are obese losing weight?
I'm basically person C - a recovering non-purgeing bulimic. People tell me all the time not to worry about my excessive consumption of unhealthy food because i'm far from overweight. However, should i be concerned about my unhealthy diet? Am i at the same risk that those who are obese are told they are?

*when referring to "unhealthy diet" or "unhealthy food", i specifically mean a diet which is high in saturated fat, sugar, and salt, and low in nutrition.


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