Blue Promise: Body Weight vs Fitness

Blue Promise: Body Weight vs Fitness


MUSIC Open DAN: There’s growing
evidence that your Level of fitness
may be more important than
your level of weight Hello I’m Dr. Dan McCoy
and welcome to Blue Promise I’m here with
Dr. Paul Hain our President of
North Texas One of our physicians
here at Blue Cross So Paul what’s
Going on with this word fitness? PAUL: You know it’s
interesting when we say the word fitness
what we’re really saying is cardiovascular
fitness so you know how well
you can walk a mile something like that
and there’s a lot of data out there and
it’s been accumulating over the years but
we’re really starting to realize lately that
your level of fitness predict your mortality it predicts your
disabilities it predicts
you’re spending how much the healthcare
system is going to spend on you and it may
actually predict all of that more than your
body mass index or BMI DAN: And that’s typically
what customers And often doctors
too measure PAUL: Absolutely it’s
interesting to look at those sorts of numbers
so there was one particular study out
where they sorted people into BMI categories
different weights for their height and
then inside each category looked at
how many years of life they lost based
on how fit or not fit they were and what
they found was that folks who are somewha
obese but very fit ived longer or as long as
people who were appropriately waited but were
very unfit DAN: Ok so let me just
clarify this isn’t any kind of endorsement
or being overweight PAUL: That is correct DAN: Ok but what it
does say is that you might could become
healthier by just becoming
more fit PAUL: That’s correct
and of course these things work a little
bit in tandem right the more fit you
get generally start to weight a little bit
less so it’s all a little interconnected
but really what it comes down to is
our bodies were meant to move and if you’re
not at least doing the minimum stuff
which is really a 10-minute walk
twice a day you’re just
cheating yourself DAN: Ok so this is
an interesting question and personal
dilemma ok so I’ve always
working on my weight seems like I’m on one
hundred percent constant diet 365 days a year
and I can struggle but it sounds like that I could
make some pretty simple changes to change
my risk category so give me an
example.of that PAUL:Well for instance
if you’re completely sedentary let’s say
you don’t do any kind of measurable exercise
at all every day the first minute
you exercise returns 7 minutes
on your life also with the first minute you
exercise everyday you live seven minutes
longer so right there you can say
and I’m not talking about running
marathons righ in fact,that maybe a
little counterproductive I’m talking about
walking at a pace that makes it a little bit
hard to speak that’s it DAN: Ok so if you’re
just giving me advice on what
would be the level of fitness I should
shoot for what do I shoot for? PAUL: So the bare
minimum for me is moving with purpose
20 minutes a day five days a week
so you could really get up in the morning
and take your dog for a walk around
the block come home from work
and you’d be there DAN: Ok so I’m going
to start to draw the circle around this
conversation yeah so if I were
to walk 20 minutes a day five days a week
I could shift my mortality PAUL: Absolutely DAN: Regardless of
my weight? PAUL: Absolutely even if
you never lost a pound you would live
longer and you would live
healthier DAN: Great Paul thanks
for being here and thanks for joining us
for this episode of Blue Promise MUSIC Out

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