A trend I’ve recently noticed in the search terms (WordPress’s handy table of phrases Google says people searched on to get to my site): fat people who don’t have diabetes.
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Since there is evidently some confusion out there, I’m going to make it nice and clear in this corner of the net:
No, not all fat people have diabetes.
From the American Diabetes Association – which is not exactly the most fat-accepting group in the world:
Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight.
Why not? Other major risk factors for diabetes are genetics, race, and age — even sleep patterns have been implicated. But weight is seen as being something people can control, and weight gain has traditionally been a precursor to type 2 diabetes, so “control your weight” has been the drumbeat of the public health sector.
- You can take the ADA’s diabetes risk assessment test here.
- One source states that 75% of obese people never get diabetes, which implies 25% will get diabetes. This is higher than the 11% of Americans overall who have diabetes, but certainly not 100%.
- The biggest risk factor is a family history.
One might even surmise from this that weight gain alone doesn’t cause diabetes, or that diabetes isn’t completely avoidable….