Patrick Timpone

Carl J. Lavie, MD

The Obesity Paradox: When Thinner Means Sicker and Heavier Means Healthier

Most of us think that longevity hinges on maintaining a normal Body Mass Index. But research conducted over the last decade hit the media in January with explosive news: Overweight and even moderately obese people with certain chronic diseases—from heart disease to cancer— often live longer and fare better than normalweight individuals with the same ailments.

In this groundbreaking book, Carl Lavie, MD, reveals the science behind the obesity paradox and shows us how to achieve maximum health rather than minimum weight. Lavie not only explains how extra fat provides additional fuel to help fight illness, he also argues that we’ve gotten so used to framing health issues in terms of obesity that we overlook other potential causes of disease. Picking up where the bestseller Fat Chance left off, The Obesity Paradox will change the conversation about fat—and what it means to be healthy.

Chip LavieBoard-certified cardiologist and pioneering heart researcher Dr. Carl (“Chip”) Lavie has a single mission: to see more people beat the odds of dying from our nation’s #1 killer—heart disease. In his quest, he’s discovered some fascinating scientific contradictions about the role of body fat and fitness in our lives, which has triggered a concomitant crusade to decode these biological mysteries and understand the relationship between obesity and longevity.

A consummate doctor who cares for patients on a daily basis, Dr. Lavie is an international leader in the field of cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology, as well as exercise physiology testing. He has authored or co-authored more than 800 medical publications, including two cardiology textbooks and almost 40 book chapters. His passion for discovering the real secrets to health “run” deep: Dr. Lavie is an avid runner whose cutting-edge research in fitness informs his own habits.

Show Highlights:

-Low fitness is more unhealthy than fatness

-Dr. Lavie explains that while a person may be thin, they may also be inactive, making them less healthy than someone carrying extra weight

-Typically, heavier people are carrying around more muscle which is good

-Fitness is more important than fatness for long term survival

-Addressing the cholesterol question; where does it fit in?

-Intense bursts of exercises in intervals between slow steady exercise seem to show better benefits

-What’s the safest way to find out if your arteries have blockages?

-Does the body like to exercise everyday?

-If exercise promotes new blood vessels around a blocked artery,would it be wise not to consume certain foods and nutrients such asberries, milk thistle, green tea, etc, known to prevent angiogenesis,or formation of new blood vessels?

and so much more!!

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