From a health perspective, is there anything INHERENTLY bad about having high body fat? Is high body fat merely CORRELATED with death or is it a direct CAUSE of death?
Suppose someone has a largely pristine diet. They eat 4,000-5,000 cals/day, but have 15-20% body fat due to high cal intake. They eat only whole, natural foods (meat, fish, dairy, veggies, fruit, nuts, exvoo, oatmeal, etc). Plenty of omega-3's. No sugar/HFCS or shitty carbs. They lift 4 days a week - heavy compound lifts with some accessories. Also 2-3 short, intense cardio sessions per week.
Anything remotely unhealthy here? Causes of death associated with obesity (heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, etc.) are all caused by poor nutrition and lack of exercise (which cause increased body fat), but is there anything bad about carrying around the extra body fat itself?
My point - excess body fat among athletes has a bad rep. Society blindly views skinny people as healthy, which can negatively influence people's approaches for living a healthy lifestyle. In reality, I believe the "overweight" person in the above example would be significantly healthier and have a stronger heart than many skinny people. Most people would dismiss the overweight athlete as a fat ass, even if they knew he was an athlete.
I'm interested what you all think. Admittedly, I'm no expert in epidemiology.