Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

A high percentage of the population is going to spend most of it’s life locked in a battle between their body weight and their ideal weight – I completely understand this!

I’m not overweight – I’m a dedicated country runner, but I STILL manage to worry about my weight constantly.

But, it’s not just ‘the look’ that worries me – it’s the health issues….I’m now 42 and this health lark is beginning to get louder by the day!

So why is being fat bad for you?

Is being overweight actually as bad as many experts claim?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Health Risks of Being Overweight

Health Risks of Being Overweight

Okay, let’s start with the health risks as most of us see them – the health risks most of us are TOLD about (and believe without questioning).

Numerous articles online will inform you that being overweight will lead to the following health problems:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and strokes
  • Various types of cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Pregnancy problems, such as high blood sugar during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and increased risk for cesarean delivery (C-section)

Now I’m certainly not going to argue with the list above – there is a lot of medical proof out there to back this information up, and even the most ignorant and arrogant of us will have to agree with them.

But what is the real truth behind being overweight? What are the most damaging aspects of being fat in this day and age?

The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight

The Real (Modern Day) Dangers of Being Overweight

I’m going to throw this one out there because I’ve recently gone through several excellent articles that cover the REAL reason people are scared of getting fat. I should also point out that I am certainly not a medical professional (as you ALL should know by now), and this is just my opinion on the subject.

So, we’ve got diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers etc, etc – these suggestions are enough to keep anyone up at night, right?

But it seems like the biggest issue facing overweight people is not their weight, but social stigma.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you are based – we all seem to carry some sort of cultural disdain for people that appear to be overweight.

Recent studies have sort of ‘gone undercover’ to highlight this rather worrying fact, and they started off in the workplace.

Did you know that overweight people are less likely to be hired than traditionally attractive applicants?

overweight people are less likely to be hired

It’s certainly a little worrying…but you can see some sort of twisted logic behind the employer’s thoughts!

On top of this, studies also show that overweight people are a lot more likely to face some form of discrimination in the workplace, even if they manage land the job in the first place!!!


The very same report also highlighted the fact that a large percentage of doctors and nurses discriminate against the overweight – the very people that are put in place to help you with your health in the first place.

This modern day stigma (if it is to be considered modern!) also effects the chances of overweight people actually doing something to improve their weight issues – fat stigma is considered an obstacle for overweight people who want to join a gym and work out.

They are petrified about signing up for a membership only to be stared at and ridiculed when they walk into the training area.

Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

At the end of the day, is it more important to pay attention to one’s health habits than one’s weight?

How often do you take part in some form of cardio?

Do you enjoy a few walks throughout the process of the week?

Does your job entail sitting behind a computer screen all day long?

Do you eat well?

These questions are always going to be more important than numbers on a scale.

Nutrition and physical activity have a far more direct effect on health – and probably always will.

If you have any  thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

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7 thoughts on “Why is Being Fat Bad For You?

  1. While the health benefits of staying at a good weight are obvious, the fact that it affects so many other areas are great motivational tools to staying in shape. While there are many stereotypes that have no basis in fact for obese people, it isn’t going to change anytime soon.

    Also, earning less money and having a job that does not provide medical coverage can also make the problem worse. With health premiums on the rise, you will pay more if your are overweight. Thank you for the article.

    1. That’s quite a good point Ernest – low wages can certainly effect the quality of the foods you buy and consume. You often find that poorer families eat crappier foods, because they’re cheaper to buy every week!

  2. The cultural norms change over time. Looking at the picture at the top of the post – it reminds that the beauty standard was very different few centuries ago. Slim people were considered not healthy as it suggested bad nutrition and being poor.

    There days it’s the over way around and now supported by medical research. Fat is bad for the heart and many other reasons you have mentioned. When I see an obese person in my gym, I feel respect, as I know that being there is much more difficult for her/him than for me. This person overcame many factors and decided to improve. And I wish everyone will do it.

    1. Struggling to see what you’re getting at here Mary – this is merely an article about why being overweight is bad for you (which it is!). 

      Lost in translation I think…

  3. This is a brilliant post. I can speak from experience when I say being overweight sucks! I am pretty sure I  was on my way to most of those diseases on your list, but the real one that hit me was being told I am Pre-Diabetic. I have implemented a diet and exercise plan but the thing is you don’t get fat in one day, it takes a while, so the reverse process will also take time.

    Like you said being overweight is bad for you physically and mentally (due to the social stigma and low self esteem). I think this post is very important for people as no one really wants to live a life where you get all these mystery pains and you can’t play with your kid or grand kids because you are carrying excess weight.

    (PS: I checked out that link and I think that if you stick to any programme and honestly give it your best it will work it looks very affordable and your rating is also good motivation to try it..)

    1. Cheers for this Renton, it’s always nice to hear that people have enjoyed what they’ve read here. It’s also great to hear that you got a hold on your weight early on, and are now on the road to a healthier life! 

  4. You made solid points in your article. I don’t know why society view overweight people this way, it just isn’t right. Even among children and teenagers, you find that once one of them begins to add on a little weight, they start to make fun of them, mocking them with silly jokes.

    Everyone should definitely pay more attention to their health rather than how they look, I mean we have the anorexia disorder as well, which is almost just as bad as being overweight.

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