I have to give it to Dr. Oz. On his show Monday; he featured someone who fundamentally disagreed with almost everything he believes about fitness, obesity and weight loss. I don’t know of too many TV personalities who would welcome someone to their show who didn’t share their opinions!

Dr. Glenn Gaesser is a physical fitness and obesity expert at ASU, so he should know what he’s talking about when it comes to weight loss. He has written 3 books, including Big Fat Lies, and he claims that there is really no epidemic of obesity in America today! How, given our focus on family health at Vitaerobics, this claim made me sit up and take notice.

After listening to Dr. Gaesser, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! His main claim is that Americans are obsessed with the wrong thing – they focus on weight when they should be focusing on health. I couldn’t agree more!

Dr. Gaesser claims that the research shows overwhelmingly that weight is a very poor predictor of health. In fact, you can be fat and fit at the same time. Likewise, you can be thin and unfit too. This makes perfect sense when you think about it. Weight, when either extremely high or low, is really a symptom of other physical problems. In other words, excess weight doesn’t cause us to be unhealthy. It’s really the other way around – being unhealthy causes us to have excess weight.

This is exactly what we teach at Vitaerobics. Getting healthy is about changing your lifestyle, not losing weight. When you eat healthy and exercise appropriately, your body will achieve its own ideal weight. There is no need to diet.

If you want to hear more on this topic, I suggest you watch the videos of Dr. Gaesser on the Dr. Oz show. You can view part 1 of the interview by clicking here. Watch them and then let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you. Just e-mail comments to michael@vitaerobics.com.

Remember, every day healthy choices can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?

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2 Responses to Is Dr. Oz Wrong? Can You Be Both Fat and Fit?

  1. Brenda says:

    That was weird!!! What the heck!!! The guy was presenting a point that’s obviously valid (you can be heavy and fit, thin and unfit) but making it sound like obesity isn’t happening and there’s not a correlation between not exercising and weight gain etc. What the heck was he up to? Thank you for the fun interlude off to Dr. Oz – that is something I never normally watch.

  2. Michael says:


    I think he is using the controversial positioning to gain publicity. And it worked, he was featured on Dr. Oz! As you listen to what he says, it does make sense, as you note, but would we have been interested in his message without the “in your face” approach he took? Doubtful. Whether we like it or not, in today’s media-savvy world, controversy sells!

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