In a NY Times article last week it was revealed that is is better to be fit and fat then skinny and not fit. SHOCKING! Maybe the d-bags at the USTA who wouldn’t pay for top junior tennis player Taylor Townsend, to attend the Junior US Open (her parents threw down the money eventually and she played) should re-check their reasoning, which was:
“Our concern is her long-term health, number one, and her long-term development as a player,” said Patrick McEnroe, the general manager of the USTA’s player development program. “We have one goal in mind: For her to be playing in [Arthur Ashe Stadium] in the main draw and competing for major titles when it’s time. That’s how we make every decision, based on that.”
Mr. McEnroe should read the new research. Dumb ass.
The article is worth a read and challenges the blanket correlation between fatness (BMI) and chronic diseases such as diabetes. What this article means to me is: fitness can be measured by many factors, but tying the overall assessment of fitness to one factor is just wrong. This seems simple to me. Oh yeah, and there is a bias against “fat” people in our culture right now, which has been defined as anything not unhealthy skinny.