We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
My husband is 1 0f 10 and the fourth to suffer from Alzheimer's. The 4 are/were all slim and 3 very fit. The remaining brothers are all over weight and 2 have type 2 diabetes. My husband has always exercised and we have eaten basically the Mediterranean diet for 20 years. He is 80, looks60 but his once brilliant mind is severely affected. He does have the gene for late onset and that may make the difference.
I would never say that being fat is a good thing. But it isn't the kiss of death either. There is a huge (pardon the pun) difference between being fat as in 50 lbs or so overweight and being obese as in 200-300 lbs overweight. These two very different categories are often conflated OR the difference ignored when this issue is discussed.
The second point is this: Someone who is obese is genetically obese and along with that problem typically they have other genetic health problem. Hopefully people would understand why this simply does NOT translate into gain a few pounds and you have all the health problems of someone who is genetically obese.
The last point: Diabetes is a genetic disease. You got it from your parents and their grandparents before them. You do not get it from eating sweets or carbs.