No, sitting on your ass and eating far more calories than you need to sustain said sedentary lifestyle is a prescription for weight gain and all the other problems that go with it. The calorie (or more precisely, kilocalorie) is a measurement of energy. It doesn't matter if it's coming from carbs, protein, or fat. A calorie is a calorie.
I'm tired of all these idiotic "diets" that tell you to eat this and not eat that and by MAGIC you'll be slim trim and healthy. You can not beat the laws of thermodynamics and conservation of energy. It doesn't matter where your calories come from. If you aren't burning more calories than you take in, you're going to put on weight. Period. End of fucking story.
That being said, other side effects from what you eat need to be considered. You can get your daily calories from a well balanced diet or by eating a cup of Crisco. From an energy perspective, your body doesn't care. But saturated fats, cholesterol, and all that other crap can and does affect your body. So you can be slim and trim, and still be a cheeseburger away from a heart attack if you've been stuffing yourself with nothing but grease all your life.
BTW, an editorial from a group of rejects funded by big beef probably isn't the best source of unbiased research.