I knew a guy in the reserves who was a captain in the early 90's. He was perhaps 5'10" and 270, clearly fat, but was also very energetic and had a lot of strength, endurance, agility and speed. He played a fine game of basketball and could play without stopping all day and could run for miles.
Me, I'm a couch potato, but this guy made a point of saying that simply because you were fat didn't mean you weren't fit. He could lay out a good argument about it. I'm not sure I'd agree with him; we disagreed on a lot of things, but he made a good case and was a good example for the case he laid out.
Personally, I find that being heavy isn't good for my joints, but I'm not sure if this is a result of actual weight or whether it has something to do with fat or if there's some sort of more complicated relationship going on. I do know that there are a lot of prejudices directed against fat folk, male and female, and that it's unclear where the bias starts and the reality takes over, how much of the problem comes from being over-weight and how much comes from being under-muscled and how much comes from large fluctuations in body mass and the body's attempts to recovers from the stress of those large swings in body integrity.
And of course how much of it comes as the result of some of the diseases that dog the fat folks among us.
So here's to Lord Byron, guys, King of the yo-yo fad dieters (boiled potatoes and vinegar), drunk, genius, thrown out of college (he kept a bear in his rooms and it was reportedly ill tempered when sober and not house-broken), upper class twit (do your own research), Boxer,
exile, wit, Poet, and soldier for the freedom of others at the last.
He would have been one of those folks not good enough for the American Armed Forces, either. I think his home room teacher — not that he ever had one, by the way — wouldn't have checked off the box that said "plays well with others." He was famously not good at taking orders, and was at many times in his life either morbid or morbidly obese. Hock and soda!