Why are sumo wrestlers fat 1

Benefits for sumo, deliberate fat build-up

First, for those unfamiliar with the sumo wrestler's diet, this article can give you a rough idea. One of the main foods of the diet is Chanko hub . A few quick points from the first article:

  • Average life expectancy is 60-65 years (10 years younger than the average Japanese man)
  • Lifestyle puts you at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and high blood pressure.

To say that the diet is "healthy" would be wrong. However, it's not as bad as it could be. Another article describes that most of the fat in a sumo wrestler is subcutaneous fat and, as such, poses a lower health risk. Quote follows:

While common sense would dictate that Japanese sumo wrestlers who eat more than 5,000 calories a day and are obese by most weight standards prepare for a flurry of obesity-related health problems, studies have shown that it does not is. Why? MRIs from sumo wrestlers have shown they have very little internal fat.

"They have low cholesterol, low insulin resistance, and low triglycerides," Bell said. "Your fat is stored outside under the skin."

Meanwhile, someone who appears thin on the outside but doesn't exercise nearly as much as a sumo wrestler is at risk of a variety of health problems as their fat gets stored inside and in organs.

"This is especially true for men who are lean but exercise little or no exercise," Bell said. "We now know that 40 percent of people have liver fat infiltration, which is linked to so many other health problems."

At first glance, it looks like the two articles contradict each other. However, understand that there are differences between individuals and some are more prone to diabetes compared to heart attack etc. Every time you have an excess of fat, your body has to work harder to move. If you add weight too quickly, your heart will not be able to keep up with the new demands of a heavier frame.

To answer your questions more directly:

  • Are there any advantages? The fat is mostly subcutaneous, which is the Less deadly variant is.
  • Chanko-Nabe is reasonably healthy and high in protein.
  • As for large amounts of fat that are responsible, healthy, and beneficial outside of exercise? That would be a very difficult sale.

In sumo wrestling, more bulk usually means a greater advantage in the ring. The number of uses where the high bulk person is beneficial is very limited. Another place I can think of where high mass can help is in strength training. However, if you gain too much mass, your body proportions limit your total.

I can agree that if you want the bulk of a sumo wrestler the way they do it is probably the best and most responsible approach. That is, even if the amount of visceral fat is small, a large mass can be harmful in its own rite. While hardly a sumo diet, CT Fletcher's cautionary story highlights the danger of gaining your mass too much.