Obesity is a big problem … literally and figuratively. More Americans are overweight now than ever before, and more of us are dying because of it. While no one will say being overweight is the best thing next to sliced bread, there is a prevailing myth that it is impossible to be fat and healthy.
Most of us assume that small equals healthy and big equals death, but the truth is your size doesn’t always 100% determine how healthy you are. Many people have achieved the ideal height-weight ratio and have a host of health problems that someone three times their size doesn’t deal with. Here are three ways to tell that you are overweight, but healthy.
No I don’t mean move as in from the fridge to the couch, move as in you get in a moderate amount of physical activity. Sure you don’t go hard in the gym 5 days a week and you most certainly had Popeye’s for lunch, but you do get in a good walk or workout DVD at least once a week and your daily schedule keeps you up and moving most of the day. No matter your size, if you aren’t up and moving the only benefit from your couch potato lifestyle will be a shorter life span.
Your Quality Of Life Is Good
Most times when a person is fat and unhealthy their quality of life suffers. They can’t walk or play with their kids because of knee or heart issues, they are constantly under a doctor’s care, sleep is impossible, they can’t travel, etc.
But if you’re fat and healthy, your quality of life shouldn’t be negatively impacted because of your weight. You should be able to do all the things that you need and want to do with little to no health restrictions. Now this doesn’t mean you should not be working on shedding the unwanted pounds, but it does mean that you have the opportunity to match your outside to your inside before anything goes wrong.
Your Doctor Said So
The best way to tell whether or not you’re healthy at any size is to have a complete physical. Going to the doctor regularly to check for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and any other ailment that may plague you because of your size is a good way to cut them off at the pass. Just because you’re a bit round on the outside, doesn’t mean you aren’t in tip top condition internally. There are a lot of skinny people out there with knee issues, high blood pressure, and even diabetes.