Fat and Fit VS. Skinny and Unhealthy

Recent research shows that you can be fat and fit and that some fit overweight people have no greater risk for chronic diseases than normal weight people. This corroborates statements by public health experts stating that whether you're thin or obese, the key to health is to get regular exercise.

According to Time's coverage, Dr. Timothy Church, director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, argues that being skinny isn't the whole story.

"Based on the data that our group and others have collected...we believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people," said Francisco Ortega, lead author of the first European Heart Journal paper and a research associate at the University of Granada in Spain, in a statement.

Various U.S. and European studies indicate that it is possible to be both overweight and healthy if you are metabolically healthy. Researchers found that metabolically healthy but obese participants had a 38% lower risk of dying than their metabolically unhealthy normal weight peers.

"You have to remember it doesn't take that much to be fit," says Church. "To qualify as fit, it takes about 30 minutes of walking five days a week on average. That's not a ton of caloric expenditure. It is actually quite easy physiologically to be overweight or obese, but also qualify as physically fit." Federal guidelines recommend at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week.

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Every City Is a Living Body

This episode of "City Walk" journeys from Los Angeles to Boston. We take a closer look at something many of us take for granted -- our own two feet. The series will take a look at the city wide cycling/walking extravaganza known as Ciclavia in Los Angeles, the pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and public transportation system of San Francisco, and Boston's string of urban parks known as the Emerald Necklace, and the newly completed Greenway in the heart of the city.

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The walking revolution spreads across the country, from New York City parks to the rugged canyon trails of Orange County. Along the way, meet Maryland's Iverson Mall Walkers..

We witness first hand the pedestrian experience over a century ago on the doublewide sidewalks of old New York, then traverse the present day parks of Manhattan including a visit to a vibrant public space where we’re surprised to find out that not every park is green.

  • 2016-11-05T05:00:00-07:00
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This episode of "City Walk" begins with a Big Parade in Los Angeles and then boldly strides from Austin to Atlanta, as communities everywhere embrace the walking revolution. 

There are over 300 staircases in the city of Los Angeles and during the Big Parade, a resilient group of City Walkers led by Los Angeles journalist Dan Koeppel is determined to climb them all.

  • 2016-11-12T04:00:00-08:00
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It Is a Great Art to Saunter

In this episode of "City Walk," saunter along the hidden shorelines of Manhattan before stopping in Denver, Portland, and Washington DC to join communities across America rediscovering their sidewalks and trails.

  • 2016-11-19T04:00:00-08:00
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Episode 6 of "City Walk" treks from Berkeley to Atlanta on a walking school bus before treading the urban and mountain trails of Orange County, California with an unforgettable stop at "The Happiest Place on Earth." And Nic Offer of cult band "!!!" offers his unique perspective on public transportation at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles State Historic Park.

  • 2016-11-26T04:00:00-08:00