肥胖探究

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人们普遍认为,肥胖的蔓延。每个人都越来越胖。孩子们都比父母更胖。肥胖引起的流行病已经显而易见:2型糖尿病,心血管病发病率的提高,尤为重要的是乳腺癌等癌症病例的增加。“全球性肥胖”的蔓延不仅席卷了富国,也已影响到穷国。

然而,人们是否真的胖到如此不健康的程度了?当然,有人确实过于肥胖,体重到了危及生命的程度。如1770-1809年在世的英国监狱看守丹尼尔•兰伯特,身高5英尺1英尺(合155厘米),体重739磅(合335千克),但他不喝酒,饭量也不过“每顿一盘饭菜”。兰伯特死后,留给人的印象是“温文尔雅”。换言之,人们认为他健康而快乐。

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