A startling new study by medical researchers in the United States has caused consternation among public health professionals by suggesting that, contrary to conventional wisdom, being overweight might actually be beneficial for health.
The study, published yesterday in the respected Journal of the American Medical Association, runs counter to almost all other advice to consumers by saying that carrying a little extra flab – though not too much – might help people to live longer.
I'm sure dietitian's and others with vested interests will be rushing to the media to explain why this report should be taken with a pinch of salt (be careful of your blood pressure however), and nebulous reasons why losing that extra few pounds will make you happier. They, of course, have just been pulling numbers out of thin air for quite some time now, which is why it's good to finally have some hard facts to look at.
It is worth pointing out that the obese are still buggered.
But, surely, the point is this: We've been sold an unhealthy body image by people claiming authority where their authority seems to built on nothing but speculation. Science suggests that, well, they've been wrong all this time.
So, thin people, go, eat a sandwich. It's officially good for you...