Originally Posted by MeyerIsBack
This may have been mentioned but I think we are living longer despite of being fatter. Also, quality of life is a related and important discussion.
Indeed, we may be living longer BECAUSE WE ARE FATTER. Among non-smokers, aged 29-59, mortality rates for overweight and obese are 66% and 77% of that for normal weight!
Quality of life ? If by that you mean the ability to move around and perform daily functions, active life expectancy is growing faster than life expectancy. So, in a sense, not only are we living longer, but we are healthier than ever.