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People are obsesed with their weight, however, is a larger weight sometimes healthier?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Reading through posts, I find people are frightened when they gain weight on Paleo. Often, their weight was too low to begin with and their body is reaching a more natural state. I feel as if gaining weight can have significant benefits in reproduction for instance and for us to maintain energy through "fasting" as to allow us to eat less and hence spend less.

Dr. Reubin Andres concludes that weight gain at about 6 pounds per decade with age, is healthful and beneficial for us. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/health/reubin-andres-an-advocate-of-weight-gain-dies-at-89.html?_r=0

Perhaps we should be less obsessed on how others percieve us and more attentive to our actual health.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Paul

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on February 21, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Interesting .

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Loss of muscle also seems to be a precursor to most forms of death.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Lean muscle definitely helps to prevent osteoporosis.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:32 PM

I'm not concerned? I eat whatever I want and is Paleo. Relaxed Paleo, means im gonna live a long time. Especially since I just listen to my body and do what it wants, I mean it knows what it needs better than I do haha.

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I'm not concerened? I eat whatever I want and is Paleo. Relaxed Paleo, means im gonna live a long time. Especially since I just listen to my body and do what it wants, I mean it knows what it needs better than I do haha.

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on February 19, 2013
at 05:55 PM

You should try it out.

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on February 19, 2013
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Low stress is commmonly associated with longevity. Perhaps heavier people are less "concerned" and hence less stressed, allowing longevity.

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7e6644836cdbcbe2b06307ff7db92d31

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on February 19, 2013
at 05:31 PM

Heavier people live longer...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/health/study-suggests-lower-death-risk-for-the-overweight.html

...but there's ongoing debate. Does the trend simply indicate that thinner older people at death are typically suffering from some kind of illness?

In any event, they are referring to heavier older people (+6 lbs/ decade starting at 40 in the article you linked). As always, it's not about the death, it's the quality of life.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Low stress is commmonly associated with longevity. Perhaps heavier people are less "concerned" and hence less stressed, allowing longevity.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 19, 2013
at 09:32 PM

I'm not concerened? I eat whatever I want and is Paleo. Relaxed Paleo, means im gonna live a long time. Especially since I just listen to my body and do what it wants, I mean it knows what it needs better than I do haha.

7e6644836cdbcbe2b06307ff7db92d31

(693)

on February 19, 2013
at 05:55 PM

You should try it out.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 19, 2013
at 09:32 PM

I'm not concerned? I eat whatever I want and is Paleo. Relaxed Paleo, means im gonna live a long time. Especially since I just listen to my body and do what it wants, I mean it knows what it needs better than I do haha.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:07 PM

This idea has just started to circulate in Denmark too where a Danish researcher has gathered a lot of studies and came to the same conclusion. I don't understand why the idea is 'controversial' to some. I unintentionally lost a lot of weight and that didn't improve my overall life quality.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:47 AM

We must be very careful to not take this out of context but yes this is true to some extent. This is usually true only in moderation though. Also, part of it has to do with where the fat is. Someone who has most of their weight gain around there belly is not in this "healthier" category. Here is an excellent article on Chris Kresser's website discussing this.

http://chriskresser.com/do-fat-people-live-longer

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on February 19, 2013
at 06:31 PM

I lost a lot of fat, and now am 170lbs. That is underweight for my 6'3 frame, and I am trying to add more muscle, though it seems very hard to do.

Lean muscle mass should be the indicator here, not just weight in general.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 19, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Lean muscle definitely helps to prevent osteoporosis.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Loss of muscle also seems to be a precursor to most forms of death.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 21, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Interesting .

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