Even in the face of these shocking, revelatory statistics, in the end ... we're all going to die. Having reckoned with the new information, I'm liable to tell people that if all they want to do is eke out a few more months of living than their neighbor, be chubby. But if they want to look, feel and move better, I can help.
Now, I probably don't need to be that blunt right now. The conventional wisdom is that it's bad to be overweight. I don't expect any of that to change soon. But I want to be more circumspect with regards to claims made for weight loss and exercise. And I'm hoping that there are lots of people out there who will appreciate that sort of honesty.
And due to the withering social pressure to lose weight and be thin, I can actually see people paying me to give them permission not to lose weight. And of course even in those cases there might be ample opportunity to turn my attention to helping them to regain the strength and mobility of their youth. I can tell you that, for myself, I find that as least as gratifying as being lean.