Feature

Toward a new definition of 'overweight'

For years, the medical establishment has been telling millions of perfectly healthy Americans they are fat, said law professor Paul Campos. You

Paul CamposNew Republic Online

For years, the medical establishment has been telling millions of perfectly healthy Americans they are fat, said law professor Paul Campos. You’re officially “overweight” if you have a body-mass index over 24, which includes a 5-foot-4 woman who weighs 145 pounds and a 5-foot-10 man who weighs 174. The absurdity of this definition was exposed by a recent study in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that found that “overweight” people lived longer, on average, than either “healthy weight” or very skinny people. Doctors in the “anti-fat” lobby were outraged, calling the results of the study “ludicrous,” “rubbish,” or, more honestly, “puzzling.” How could “fat” people possibly be healthier? The answer lies in the medical establishment’s “scientifically bogus definition of what constitutes a healthy weight,” which has been heavily influenced by a fanatical—indeed, almost religious—belief that fat is evil, while unnatural thinness is good. Science, though, has now proved that many “overweight” people are not fat but, in fact, of healthy weight. “Puzzling results cease to puzzle when one stops abusing the English language.”

Recommended

Bowing to Beijing
Tom Cruise.
Briefing

Bowing to Beijing

America's revealing indifference to Cuba
Fidel Castro.
Samuel Goldman

America's revealing indifference to Cuba

Is China going to fry the global climate?
Xi Jinping.
Picture of Ryan CooperRyan Cooper

Is China going to fry the global climate?

Volunteers are writing and illustrating free books to help South African kids with reading
South African children read their books from Book Dash.
reading is fundamental

Volunteers are writing and illustrating free books to help South African kids with reading

Most Popular

Tom Brady's 'gentle' roast of Trump at Biden's White House: 'Deeply vicious'?
Tom Brady, Joe Biden
Quotables

Tom Brady's 'gentle' roast of Trump at Biden's White House: 'Deeply vicious'?

Former Michigan Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87
Former Sen. Carl Levin.
rest in peace

Former Michigan Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee arrested at voter rights protest
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is arrested on Thursday at a voter rights protest.
good trouble

Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee arrested at voter rights protest