One of my favorite arguments against the life-long dieting I see different women in my family influct upon themselves and their families is quite simple. I come from a family where extreme longivity is the norm – if a person weighs in at at least 200 pounds. In my family – both sides – if you are thin you are usually dead by the time you are 65 – 75 of misc. reasons, usually cardiac related. If you are my size, we’re talking an average of at least 20 more years of life. And, those are active, healthy, busy years.
I have long been acused of making the whole thing an issue to avoid the starvation life-style that is destroying at least one member of my family. Now, though, I may be proven correct.
“...The study was conducted by a health ministry team led by Tohoku University professor Ichiro Tsuji and covered 50,000 people between the ages of 40 and 79 over 12 years in the northern Japanese prefecture of Miyagi.
“There had been an argument that thin people’s lives are short because many of them are sick or smoke. But the difference was almost unchanged even when we eliminated these factors,” Kuriyama said.
Main reasons for the shorter lifespans of skinny people were believed to include their heightened vulnerability to diseases such as pneumonia and the fragility of their blood vessels, he said….”