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Doctor's Orders

Licensed to eat?

December 2013


I’m on the heavy side, so my wife wanted me to undergo tests to make sure I didn’t have any medical problems. Everything came out normal! Does this mean I can feast this Christmas?

–Arthur Lansanag, Pasay City


Sorry, but “passing” your medical checkup doesn’t give you a license to feast excessively this season, or at any other time for that matter. Being overweight or obese is still a risk factor for many lifestyle diseases, including heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. It also puts undue stress on your weight-bearing joints. A recent study conducted in Copenhagen revealed that people’s chances of developing cardiac problems increased as their weight increased, whether or not they had metabolic syndrome—a diagnosis whose criteria include a large waist circumference, hypertension, diabetes, high triglycerides and low good cholesterol. In fact, obese patients without metabolic syndrome were found to be twice as likely to have a heart attack as normal-weight people without metabolic syndrome. So enjoy good food only in moderation, and make weight reduction a year-round goal.

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