Fitness vs Fatness
I’m sure everyone has got that one friend or family member who doesn’t feel they have to exercise because they are ‘slim’ or ‘don’t have to lose weight’.
A meta-analysis completed in 2014 called ‘Fitness and Fatness’ investigated the impact of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and weight on all-cause mortality (risk of death). It was determined that fit individuals at any weight had a significantly lower risk of mortality (death) regardless of their body mass index (BMI). This means that a person who is considered obese but has good CRF has a lower risk of dying than a person who is considered a normal weight but has poor CRF (see graph).
This study changed the way health professionals approached exercise interventions; the focus shifted from weight loss to CRF.
So when you hear someone say ‘I don’t need to lose weight so I don’t need to exercise’ you can tell them that regardless of their weight they should be aiming for high levels of fitness to live a long, healthy life.
There are also so many benefits to performing exercise, just to name a few:
- Significantly reduces disease risk: cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, dementia, osteoporosis, the list goes on.
- Improved quality of life
- Improved mental health and self-esteem
Written by Emily Holzberger
Qualifications: B. ExSS Majoring in Clinical ExPhys.