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Bit by bite

india Updated: Jun 21, 2009 21:05 IST
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As always, the good news, and then the bad news. It is quite fine to be chubby, in fact, it could help you live longer. Yes, for those of us who are comfortably proportioned, we might just outlast all those who can fit into size zero while we are trying to heave ourselves into size 16.

This is vindication for those who never believed the dictum that you can never be too thin or too rich. Okay, we’ll forget the last part of that sassy saying, but being thin is not so hot, according to a study from the Tohoku University in Japan.

Where is this university, you might ask, but our answer is ‘who cares?’ We are quite used to these on-again off-again
studies that variously tell us that carbohydrates are good for us, or that, in fact, they will see us to our graves. We were told that alcohol is good in moderation. Now comes a study that says that even that wee drop which we are fond of on an evening could do us in. Earlier, we had certain diets to follow like the Atkins’ one that prescribed only proteins. Many a person of substantial proportion bit into that rare filet mignon while mentally knocking off the calories. Later, we were told that digging into steak and other meaty delights could damage the kidneys and lead to our cholesterol skyrocketing.

So, it might come to pass that one fine day, someone will come around with a study saying that editorial writing is injurious to health. Will that stop us from darkening your doorstep? Not on your life, or ours for that matter.