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I just came across this article at MSN describing a study that says folks with skinny thighs have a 50-100% higher chance of developing heart disease than their thick-thighed counterparts. Of course, they're quick to mention that this is not a "free pass for people who want to skip the gym", or, presumably, for fat people to start loving their fat thighs. Certainly they wouldn't want to give the impression that a nonskinny bodypart would be 'okay' and 'not deadly'...lord knows those fat people are just looking for an excuse to not lose weight.

The comments are somewhat fat-hating, as expected, but I also found it amusing that so many people were skeptical of the study's results. Wait, so the studies about how fat people are just going to drop dead are beyond reproach but this one is complete BS? Sounds fishy to me...

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vidyapriya September 5th, 2009 | Link | Already known

This is actually not a new conclusion -- some years ago a study was done which showed that the larger a woman's hips and thighs (not relative to her weight, but in absolute terms), the lower her risk of heart disease; this was coupled with findings that women who had liposuction on their lower body had a decrease in cardio-protective factors in their blood. (Sorry, I don't have the references to the original studies -- someone here probably does, though.)

Bree's picture
September 5th, 2009 | Link | Hmm, if that's the case, I'm

Hmm, if that's the case, I'm going to live to be 100. Eye-wink

vesta44's picture
September 5th, 2009 | Link | Well, maybe my thunder

Well, maybe my thunder thighs and wide hips are good for something after all. I just had an ultrasound done of my carotid arteries, and there are no signs of plaque AT ALL in them and I was told I have a very strong heart beat (not bad for someone who is 55 and DEATHFATZ ). But those same people who are pooh-poohing this study would probably say I'm an aberration amongst the DEATHFATTIES, and not the norm (like I suspect).

WLS - Sorry, not my preferred way of dying. *glares at doctor recommending it*

BigLiberty's picture
September 6th, 2009 | Link | I've read the study. Even

I've read the study. Even though the article to which you linked has the caveat:

In this case, much bigger was not better. The protective benefits of heftier thighs didn't rise when thighs grew larger than 60 centimeters.

“There’s no further advantage there,” Heitmann said.

as usual, this seems to be a lie by omission. You can see for yourself --- the benefit is maximized at 60 cm, and there is no significant decrease in benefit as thigh circumference gets larger. Which means, of course, that a 70 cm thigh circumference is just as beneficial.

DeeLeigh's picture
September 7th, 2009 | Link | I noticed that, too.

I noticed that, too. "Wouldn't want to state directly that having REALLY big thighs is healthy! Couldn't have that. Let's make it easy to mistakenly come away with the wrong conclusion."

pani113's picture
September 6th, 2009 | Link | Bad Blingee

I just want to share a bad blingee but an amusing point. The politicians are all telling us it is our civic duty to get our flu shots! (Personally no thanks, I think it is more Pharma hype!) Think of how patriotic chubby thighs must be!

"Fat can be beautiful. Intolerance is ALWAYS ugly!"

DeeLeigh's picture
September 7th, 2009 | Link | I share your reservations

I share your reservations about the drug companies. However, getting a flu shot this year is a good idea. Read "The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History" or just look up "1918 flu pandemic" on Wikipedia. We don't want to revisit the pandemic of 1918, which killed something like 5% of the world's population. People in their 20s and 30s were dying within a day of catching it. People thought it was the black plague. It was so deadly, they couldn't believe that it was just the flu. And make no mistake; it could happen again.

pani113's picture
September 7th, 2009 | Link | To Each His Own

I think the flu vaccine is a choice everyone will have to make for themselves. I have been reading many articles and I believe the epidemic is hyped. I also believe the vaccine is not being tested sufficiently and may cause more harm than good. But then I believe modern medicine creates more problems than it cures. I also have an excellent immune system so it is easy for me to brush off. Was a chubby child with perfect attendance record after perfect attendance record. At nearly 49, still haven't gotten the measles or mumps. But I would advise everyone to really do the research. It is good to read the books DeeLeigh suggested. It is also good to read the articles on the alternative sites and decided after you feel you have researched enough. Here is an interesting 60 Minutes segment shown only once. It is several years old and talks about the damage the vaccine did. It is one of two parts, you can easily find the other on YouTube.

p.s. Sorry to go off topic.

"Fat can be beautiful. Intolerance is ALWAYS ugly!"

DeeLeigh's picture
September 10th, 2009 | Link | If the US media is panicking

If the US media is panicking over it (I don't live in the US right now), then it may very well be overkill. However, pandemics often start out mild, then mutate and return months later as something deadly and highly contagious. It sounds like that's already started to happen with H1N1. Of course, that doesn't mean that it's a good idea to panic. It means that it's a good idea to take sensible precautions and keep an eye on the situation.

pani113's picture
September 8th, 2009 | Link | New Forum Topic

Since I think a discussion on the flu shot would be useful, I started one in the outside forum so this thread won't go off topic!

"Fat can be beautiful. Intolerance is ALWAYS ugly!"

JennyLinsky September 12th, 2009 | Link | Interestingly, I saw a

Interestingly, I saw a picture of a headless skinny in that article. (The thighs and hips pictured were so scrawny that their owner is probably malnourished. All bones and no muscle or fat.)

Lillian's picture
September 13th, 2009 | Link | I think a simple conclusion

I think a simple conclusion can be drawn from the thigh study. More muscle better heart health. Hey, the heart is a muscle. If one diets, one loses muscle all over the body including the heart. Not good. So strong thigh muscles may indicate strong heart muscles.

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