The Healthy Obese Are at Less Risk
Yes, you can be healthy and obese, according to a study. Researchers looked at more than 43,250 adults and learned that obese participants who were metabolically healthy—with normal blood pressure, HDL ("good") cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting plasma glucose levels—were more physically fit than their obese peers who didn't meet the criteria. When the researchers took fitness level into account, they found no difference in the risk of death between healthy obese and healthy normal-weight people. But metabolically healthy obese people had a 38 percent lower risk of dying than obese people with abnormal metabolic measures, such as high blood pressure and elevated blood glucose.
Source: European Heart Journal, published online Sept. 4, 2012