The Great American Obesity Epidemic tends to want force people into a narrow cookie cutter. Every single human being must have a BMI of 18.5 to 24.5. If you dare be at 25, you will die of a combo heart stroke cancer attack! And if your BMI is 30, you are already dead. Except that humans tend to have different numbers, some of them lower than 18.5 and some of them higher and methods to force people into an unnatural number have high failure rates.
Airbus, in their infinite wisdom finally realized that fat people exist and some of them actually want to fly in seats made for human beings (Not just fat people) and are making some bigger seats on their planes. Now will the airline industry come to the same conclusion and actually buy the planes?
Airbus said that if U.S. airlines charged extra for the roomier seats, they could make as much as $3 million extra during a 15-year period.
See this is what's called doing good business. I hear horror stories (usually from Southwest) of fat passengers forced to buy a second seat even after they can buckle up and put the arm rests down or being forced to buy a seat on a connecting or returning flight. I'm sure many fat people will be put off by flying. Now in this case, they can pay a little extra for the room. Which I'm sure is cheaper than buying an entire second seat and also less humiliating than when a fat hating gate agent or flight attendant arbitrary decides you're too fat for your seat.
By analyzing data from six rigorous exercise studies involving 1,687 people, the group found that about 10 percent actually got worse on at least one of the measures related to heart disease: blood pressure and levels of insulin, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides. About 7 percent got worse on at least two measures. And the researchers say they do not know why.
The good news is this: one, it was only small percentage of the group and two, they mentioned people did rigorous exercise. I have to wonder if the percentages would change if they did low impact movement.
But this study goes to show that you can't put everyone into the same cookie cutter.