Analysis: Hazards of Obesity are Overrated

Death rates can double with weight gain, but in absolute terms, the personal risk to the overfed DMCB seems to be pretty small. The “hazard ratio” increases 30 to 100%, but the absolute odds that DMCB will survive the year along with the rest of its skinny colleagues is very very good.

Better, says the DMCB, to relax. That’s why, when it goes to the local mall for some holiday gift shopping and stops at the food court this season, it will fear not. Better, it says, to enjoy its shake, pizza and fries and celebrate.

This is from the Disease Management Care Blog (DMCB).  HT to Jason Shafrin.

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  1. Bruce says:

    A welcome message at this time of year.

  2. Larry C. says:

    Good to read this. I plan to pig out this weekend.

  3. Nancy says:

    A comforting message for the holliday season.

  4. Tom H. says:

    Thanks for making me feel less guilty as I prepare to toss aside restraint and dig in this weekend.

  5. Virginia says:

    My lack of self-control thanks you.

  6. Lizzy says:

    I’ve eaten my way through the holidays and feel not unlike a beached whale. Death threat or not, self-esteem requires I get back on the treadmill.

  7. Joe S. says:

    I must also confess to some overindulgence. This post assuages some of the guilt.

  8. Devon Herrick says:

    Increasingly, medical experts are finding that it is not necessarily how heavy you are that determines whether you will have poor health later in life. Rather, people can be heavy but follow a balanced diet, exercise and maintain healthy cholesterol and blood pressure levels and be in better healthy than someone who is average weight.