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Can You Be Fat and Fit?

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  • Good news for those of us who understand we will not be able to reach and maintain being a size 4 or 6! I feel very fit when a size 12 as long as I'm exercising regularly and eating healthfully. - 8/25/2014 8:57:24 AM
  • This video popped into my view at just the right time.

    I literally just asked my fiancé about if this were possible last night and this morning while looking for a fitness video to do, I saw it.

    This makes sense. We are active being. Made to do physical things. I have always been obsessed with that number on the scale, something I'm working on, but more often then not, I let it keep me from doing anything. thinking "I'm already there, why even bother."

    This is why!

    Because it is still a great thing for my body to be active.

    - 7/17/2014 10:48:43 AM
  • Skinny does not equal healthy.
    I have a dear friend who is very thin. Everyone envies her figure.
    What only her close friends know is she's very ill. Due to severe stomach issues, she can only eat pureed foods. She can never go out to eat, ever. At parties people are constantly pushing food at her, foods she would love to eat, but can't. And then they give her a hard time about not having just a bite.
    Poor thing, even a bite would make her violently ill. She's quit socializing because she just does not want to be harassed & forced to discuss her health issues.

    - 6/8/2014 10:27:58 PM
  • I actually just made a blog post about this the other day...I went to see a doctor last week and he was amazed at how good my blood pressure is and how healthy I seem other than my weight. I was surprised last week when I realized I'm actually fairly healthy. I know my weight is a problem (I have about 50 pounds to lose) but I've never had problems with blood pressure, cholesterol, or any kind of heart problems. I'm in better shape than some "fit" people I know, too. - 5/6/2014 7:22:21 PM
  • Good information. I know I will never fit the weight charts that tell me I should be 130 . I am striving to get to 165. This video reinforced that goal. - 5/4/2014 3:47:23 PM
  • I seriously have to question the term "obese." I think it's a term the insurance companies use to discriminate against overweight people. I know slim people who have fits with high cholesterol, diabetes, high triglycerides, etc. Then, there are, indeed, some people who are overweight and healthy. I was getting obsessed with what would be a healthy BMI for me, and my regular practitioner told me not to focus solely on that because she has other patients who have a healthy/good BMI, but their overall health is poor. I figure every bit I lower my BMI is getting me in the right direction of good health. What those charts say I should weigh and what is right for me may be two different numbers I truly believe family heredity has more to do with your health. However, if the family history is not good, then being overweight, seriously, can be another risk factor. By the way, there's nothing wrong with wanting to be attractive to other people. It's what you do with it. I also realize I may never weigh what I did in high school, and I'm not sure I care if I am ever that thin again. Our bodies change as we get older, and for women, if we have children, our shapes change too. What was healthy for us when we were younger might not actually be healthy for us in later years. Good video!!! - 2/12/2014 2:02:15 PM
  • I am obese and I am healthy but it is not without cost and that is why I am here trying to lose weight. Not for vanity, not to fit a certain size or to look "good." Frankly when I where what is appropriate for my body size and type I look "good." Outside I look good.

    However, I have osteoarthritis and my joints hurt, all the time. When I weigh less, they hurt less. I have never met the requirement for the size charts. I am big-boned. That is not just a term, my dexo-scan showed that I have a large skeletal frame and it fits that classification. However, I am 5'4" tall and 239 pounds and that is not cool. I want to get down to a realistic weight for ME. Not to meet some chart requirement but for me. So I can feel better. I know that the less I weigh the less my joints hurt. That's a fact. I cannot get rid of my arthritis but I know what I need to do, can do to make it better. That is why I am here at SPARK.

    Looking good...great. Feeling good...AWESOME. - 2/9/2014 4:29:12 PM
  • I am 58 years old, have med test numbers are absolutely perfect, and walk about 3 miles a day. I also am not on a SINGLE medication. Not one. The blood bank tells me they wish everyone had numbers and blood components as healthy as mine. I'm trying to lose the weight, but I am also practical; I have NEVER been able to get down wo what the 'ideal weight' for my size would be... and when I tried, even in high school, I GOT SICK. I do better at 20-30 lbs over the ideal weight... and that is where I would like to get headed. But I have ALWAYS eaten a healthy diet (just too much of one!) and walked everywhere. And this video and the feedback from the rest of you tend to back my statements up. Sure, I'd love to be lower, and I'm working towards it.. but I'm listening to my body, too, and it seems to be pretty darn happy. ;) - 2/2/2014 3:12:18 AM
  • I would say you can be fat and healthy (as in no high blood sugar, no diabetes, no bad cholesterol, good liver, healthy heart) but I wouldn't say that is the same as fat and fit.

    I am obese ... I know it, my doctor knows it, yet he is always surprised that I am healthier than he is with regards to things such as heart rate, blood pressure, sugar levels, triglycerides, you name it. I'm flexible, can still do back bends and put my leg over my head (thanks to yoga).

    Howerver, I would not say that I am "fit" as I know that I am putting additional strain on my heart and joints. I know my body has to work twice as hard as someone half my size. I know that at some point, the wear and tear will slow me down ... that's why I'm working my ass off to drop the pounds.
    - 1/21/2014 5:46:29 PM
  • I believe in Health at Every Size - 12/28/2013 4:20:39 PM
  • When I was 17 I went in for my physical for school and the doc put me through the tests and what not. Then, she came out with "well, you're morbidly obese but you're healthy. You need to lose the weight though so you don't get the health problems associated with obesity." Fast forward to a year ago, another physical and another doctor. "You're obese but healthy. Have you thought about losing weight? If you want to, just let me know and we can sit down and try to figure out something that will work for you specifically."

    So, after 12 years of doing what I want, having kids, quitting smoking, and going from working to non working to working again, I have stayed healthy although obese. That's why it shocks me when people think that there's NO POSSIBLE WAY a "fat" person can be healthy. Being stick thin doesn't mean you're healthy either. I'm glad they made this video. - 9/26/2013 4:07:18 PM
  • I'm Fit and Heavy - due to weight of Muscle - One size does not fit all - Not everyone was built to be size 2-8 - I am a size 14 at over 50 but I can swim a half a mile in 36 minutes and crank down 12 miles on my bike in 45 minutes !!! I speed walk the 5k part but still in 42 minutes - Proved by last Triathlon . I agree with the doctor - I feel we need to stop judging are waist size and start living life with acceptance we are who we are but there is always room for improvement for health not for the pants size. LiL Racer - 8/29/2013 9:19:30 AM
  • At 56 yrs. old and going through menopause, I work out at least three times a week for a minimum of an hour each session doing both cardio and lifting weights. I often get frustrated and feel defeated because I can't seem to lose a pound even though my muscles are toned. Hopefully with the help of Spark People, tracking my food, water, and continuing my exercise plan I will see changes. Right now I feel fit but still feel fat. - 8/3/2013 10:04:41 PM
  • Just my opinion...but here goes...before I had my little bundles of joy (all one right after the other) I ran....and ran and ran some more. My BMI was less then 17, but I was very healthy. Now, after having so many 11+ pounder children I'm a good 209....However, I can still run...and run and run and run some more..... in fact it takes A LOT of hard work for me to lose any weight because I somehow still have that stamina from before my three boys. So now, I run and run and run and run some more, but twice as hard. I forgot to mention I'm also 5'11", but started with my boys at 147 .... I'm healthy and have no health issues. I eat right and work out 3 to 5 days a week....BUT I'm bigger now....but I'll be darned if I can't run a marathon with no issues. So, my opinion.....yes you can be fat and fit.....just depends on your health and stamina levels... - 7/29/2013 2:31:19 PM
  • I think it all depends on just how overweight we're talking and on your attitude. There's a big difference between having a BMI of 26 or 27 and a BMI of 30+ and unless you're a professional athlete or bodybuilder, you're not going to have a BMI of over 30 and be all muscle. If you're using the "I'm fat but fit argument" to give yourself an excuse not to work towards achieving a healthier weight, then I think that's a bad thing. Too much excess weight does lead to health problems and just because you're not experiencing them now, doesn't mean they won't prematurely rear their heads down the road. If you're fit, but still overweight or obese, keep at it and eventually your weight should come down together with your improved fitness levels. What we eat is just as, if not more, important as the exercise we do and a program of moderate exercise and generally healthy eating will help most people achieve their ultimate goal of being as healthy as possible. - 7/24/2013 2:18:55 AM