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Want to shed weight? Don’t go to a shrink

In recent times, you’ve practically needed a PhD in mathematics to figure out whether or not you’re at a healthy weight.

Simply multiply your height in inches by 0.025, square it, and then divide that number by your weight multiplied by 0.45. That will calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).

If you ask me, the notches on your belt tell a better the story.

There’s no doubt that the mainstream has made this unnecessarily complicated, but that’s not why they now want you to forget this BMI business.

The real reason?

They just don’t want you to feel bad about how much you weigh…despite the very real health risks that you face if you’re overweight or obese.

UCLA researchers say all that REALLY matters when it comes to health are mainstream markers such as cholesterol, blood pressure, C-reactive protein, glucose, insulin, and more. That means that based on those measures, half of all overweight Americans are actually healthy… along with 29 percent of the obese and 16 percent of the very obese.

Presto-change-o, millions of unhealthy obese people are now magically healthy!

Any study that claims even a single “very obese” person is healthy is a bunch of psychobabble, and that’s just what this is — because this study wasn’t carried out by cardiac specialists or endocrinologists or anyone else with any actual expertise here.

It was cooked up by a bunch of shrinks!

So let me cut through the bull and tell you what’s really what. Your weight or your BMI aren’t always the biggest risk factors for health problems, but they’re a darned good starting point.

If you’re obese, and especially if you’re “very obese,” you need to get cracking and lose some weight. I don’t care how good your other numbers are — because extra fat causes hormonal changes, shifts in how you use insulin, and damage to the organs inside the abdomen as they get squeezed out by the fat.

One new study (one conducted by real doctors, not shrinks) even confirms it, finding that “healthy” obese people face a higher risk of chronic kidney disease…and that’s just one of the risks.

If you count yourself among the “healthy obese,” don’t count on being “healthy” too much longer. It’s time to lose some weight, and here’s everything you need to get started.

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