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Key to avoiding Type 2 diabetes is not to try to lose weight (in fact dieters seem to be more prone to the disease than normal). Rather need to make lifestyle changes

Stereotype that fat/overweight causes problems. But many other factors disproportionally affect the fattest. Sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, yoyo dieting, diet drug use.

Idea that all they have to do is get thin and they will acquire the characteristics of people who were thin to begin with.

But studies find highest death rate is in sedentary men with waist under 34 inches, while the lowest death rate was in fit fat men with wiast over 40 inches. ("Fit" as defined by taking brisk half-hour walk 4 or 5 times a week.)

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