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Is Fighting Fat Pointless?

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Is fighting fat pointless? "IF". If good health is the goal, not vanity, determine if you are healthy and go from there. To do this, learn what your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are first. And, of course, you may want to weigh yourself.

Taking Blood Pressure

If you blood pressure is at a healthy level, as well as your blood sugar and cholesterol, you should be "good to go".

You may want to see what your weight is and where it stands on the "healthy factor" scale. It's best to check with your physician regarding your weight. However, you can do a quick check now if you'd like using our weight charts.

  1. Weight Charts for Men (New window.)
  2. Weight Charts for Women (New window.)

Is fighting fat pointless? If those are normal, there is no reason to lose weight. In fact, the health benefits of peeling off pounds may be negligible for those with no current health problems.

A study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta found that shedding weight had no effect on disease risk and mortality in healthy people.

The key is the word "healthy" - if you have any illnesses attributed to excess weight (heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure), you do need to make every attempt to lose the weight.

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