We often conflate the perfect body with perfect health, but that is a flawed concept. The truth is that a fit body provides merely the assumption that an individual has good physical health. What is her fasting insulin? His C-reactive protein? Her triglycerides? These three markers are perhaps the most important indicators of health, with a wide variety of metabolic indicators, hormones, and micronutrient levels all playing important roles. These are the first things we should think of when we want to evaluate physical health—not appearance.
Thank you, Whole9, for kicking ass in this particular advocacy, as in all things.