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Being overweight may be good for your longevity. Obesity, of course, is still viewed as a problem, but being above the so called average weight for your height and below what's considered obese may benefit you in the long run.

Of course, no one bothers to use standardized measurements, and each study has different criteria, and they don't adjust for many important things, but overall, being on the high side of weight appears to be healthier for you.

Anecdotally, when I was thin, I was sickly, prone to infections, broken bones, and cancer. When I gained beyond my weight range and well into the overweight range, I stopped getting infections, stopped breaking bones (mostly), and haven't had a recurrence of the cancer. People can sneer and laugh at my weight all they want, make fun of me, and so on, I no longer care. I am healthier being fat than I ever was when I was thin.

Should anyone ever taunt me for my weight, I will smile inscrutably and know I shall probably outlive them, and do so enjoying tasty, tasty food.

Oh, and for those interested, today is a repeater day - 1-3-13.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:10:06 PM PST

  •  I have been skinny all my life (10+ / 0-)

    And it has not been all fun-and-games. While everyone seemed so concerned with losing weight, I was trying to figure out how to gain it.

    What works for you is what's best, and that's what counts.

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:44:50 PM PST

  •  I just made a big pot of chicken and rice. (8+ / 0-)

    Four gallons of chicken and rice.

    My wife,
    and I,
    have already eaten some.

    A whole bag of chicken leg quarters,
    I counted fourteen leg quarters,
    in my stainless steel,
    four gallon
    stock pot,
    just enough water to cover the chicken,
    a few tablespoons of chicken bullion,
    the Knorr brand,
    from my one kilogram jar,
    with Spanish as the first language on the label,
    and three diced onions.

    I let it boil on the hot plate in the living room,
    a low boil,
    the best the hot plate will do,
    for at least two hours,
    then added about two pounds of rice.

    The smell,
    the smell of chicken bone marrow,
    it's aroma therapy,
    it is.

    (You have to pick out the bones.)

    My best wishes
    to all who read this;
    cook your own pot of good food,
    and make the most of your life.

    Thanks for being here,
    to give me emotional support.

    For about three years,
    I went to The Grieving Room
    each Monday evening,
    and truly valued
    the emotional support I got there.

    But I'm happily remarried now;
    I haven't forgotten
    my first wife Pam,
    and the thirty years with her,
    before she died,
    but my new bride,
    calms my fears so well,
    so I don't have panic attacks so much anymore.

    I'm blog editor,
    for the Tuesday afternoon
    Indigo Kalliope,
    so I can vent there.

    But I like getting a little support
    every day.

    I may pester you folks here,
    and try to fit in as one of you,
    here at the Itzl Alert Network.

    Thanks for being here.

  •  Good morning! (6+ / 0-)

    Caedy is home sick today, her wrist is flared up and swollen. They still don't know what's causing it. She came home from work yesterday with it bugging her, usually it will improve over night as it's in the brace and resting, but not this time. It's worse today again. Maybe it's the weather changing so much. They know it's an inflammatory reaction of some sort, but she's tested negative for RA several times, and Lupus, and several other things.

    As far as weight goes, mine has been affected by prednisone, my thyroid changing from hyper to hypo active, and inactivity due to lack of air. I've pretty much stopped worrying about it, so long as I'm not ballooning. I'm about 50 lbs heavier than I was before all this, but I've been stable there for a couple of years now. It's not the food or my eating habits, if anything those have improved because I have to eat for nutrition as many of my meds leech important things from my body like calcium and potassium, and my electrolytes get messed up if I don't watch those as well. I'm as active as I can be on my good days, but there are sometimes weeks when I can't walk across the house without pausing to catch my breath. Every time I start thinking I can get into a routine (and without a routine I'm not an 'exerciser') my lungs shut down or I catch a cold and that's it. I wish I could go out and walk, that at least I enjoy doing. But I can't drive to a park and walk (no car, no license), and there's too much risk that I'll go out and be unable to get back and end up in the hospital.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:29:28 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (5+ / 0-)

    I'm planning on losing weight.  I don't want to be skinny, I just want to look and feel better.  I've got a bad back, so losing some could only help. I'm walking the pups every day which will also help.

    Your chicken and rice sounds good bigjac.  When I make chicken and rice I also add sweet peppers and mushrooms.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:37:06 AM PST

  •  I've been up and down, (6+ / 0-)

    weight-wise, several times in my life.  My joints were happier when I was thin, but almost everything else is better when I'm on the high edge of "normal."  I got over worrying about weight several years ago.  My fat and gray hairs and sagging butt are all earned.  Period, end of report.  ;-)

    Today may be a repeater, but tomorrow is better: my birthday.  Of course, I've been celebrating my birth week for more than a decade.  After 50, we're entitled to a whole week.  Going for lunch today and to hear one of my choir members play in his band on Sat. evening.

    Have a great day all!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 05:41:14 AM PST

  •  I have been OK with being on the high side of the (3+ / 0-)
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    scale since I had to be on IV sugar water food for 10 days in 1983.  After losing all the weight in the hospital, I looked awful, and my clothes didn't fit, especially my undergarments.

    I regained my health and some extra pounds at the same time, and haven't been seriously at risk for health since.  I have enough extra energy stored in my thighs to get me through a flu without eating for days, and I appreciate how the very thin folks of this world are at risk when they fall ill.

    I don't celebrate for a week when I gain a year, but I plan for a long time every ten years and throw a huge party!  I have booked a band and will be getting a big tent and a port-a-potty, I don't want to overload the septic!  

    This decade's theme will be Caribbean Island.  I'm bringing in my steel band and will try to find some jerk chicken and veggie recipes that aren't too spicy.  It will take me weeks to get ready and weeks to clean up!  I guess I do have a birthday week(s)!!

    Happy birthday week, luckylizard!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 10:01:24 AM PST

  •  Happy birthday week, Luckylizard! (4+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, broths, weck

    I like the concept!

    I've been both underweight and overweight.  I'd like to lose another 20 lbs at this point, to make it easier to get up and down things.

  •  I don't think I have EVER been underweight, and (3+ / 0-)
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    broths, weck, Noddy

    have rarely been what the charts call "normal". I was pretty glad to see that squib yesterday, too, 8-)

    I do have a lot of muscle mass, but not enough to balance the just plain too-much-me. I'd be better off if I could lose 60 or 70 pounds, and I'd still be overweight! As it is, I've been holding steady for 3-4 years by adding a lot of bicycling (well, for some reason that fell off a cliff a couple of months ago). Really have to get back to it.

    I don't have enough motivation. I'm not terribly interested in food, and have absolutely no interest in clothes. I AM interested, at this point, in staying alive as long as possible, and try to use keeping my blood pressure out of medication levels as a motivator, and that does work some, but obviously not enough.

    I hate, hate, hate! to exercise, it seems like a vicious waste of time, boring, etc. Have never understood people who like sports & exercise. There's only so much outside bicycling you can do with carpal wrists; I'm really amazed that no one has worked out a fix for that. I have ideas, but there's no hardware. That's a pretty big problem.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 03:39:44 PM PST

    •  I always think of exercise as a waste of time,when (2+ / 0-)
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      Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

      I could be doing some kind of active work!  Can you get a bar that will let you drive your bike with your forearms?

      I do walk my dog at least once a day, and usually twice.  He likes it when I jog in short bursts so he can "run, run, run!".

      I used to do aerobic laundry; I would haul all the loads up or down two flights at the same time, giving about 20+ minutes of "stairmaster" type exercise, I also push a lawn mower and do the painting, maintenance and cleaning in bursts to get my heart rate up.  My best is the heavy-duty gardening weeding and hoeing for a chunk of time, then resting and repeating.  I will never be thin, genetically it is most unlikely; I will only be thin if I am sick.

      I think returning to work as a waitress might do some good too.  Maybe a volunteer waitress somewhere!

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:09:46 PM PST

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    •  I agree with weck (1+ / 0-)
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      I do so much physical labor that setting time aside for doing exercises just makes no sense.  I do the heavy lifting here at work, push an electric lawn mower sometimes as often as 3x a week, heavy gardening, heavy house cleaning, and dog training.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:08:38 AM PST

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