My answer to the above is yes. I have told people at the Center for Total Health (@kptotalhealth) that I consider a patient who presents to their doctor without any physical activity a medical emergency. I get looks of surprise when I say this, sometimes a slight chuckle.
In preparation for October’s Mobility Lab (@MobilityLabTeam) Lunch and Learn (see: Health and Transportation Connect During “Lunch At the Lab” — Mobility Lab), I followed up on the wisdom of our Bob Sallis, MD, who has been writing about “The Obesity Paradox.”
Here’s what he’s said recently: Active Voice: The AMA Says Obesity is a Disease; Now We Need to Inform Them How to Best Treat It, and the figure above is what I created for the presentation (which I’ll post about separately).
Bob passed me this paper, which shows, in a study of 14,345 men, assessed over 7 years, that weight was not associated with death. Level of physical activity is, across all weights.
I have believed that lack of physical activity is a medical emergency long before this study. There are several reasons for this. Before I say what those are for me, I’ll see if you agree or what you think of this concept – post in the comments, or on your favorite social network, please…
Slide above adapted for social network clarity, from PPT Slides of All Figures from the study above.