Healthy Obesity? It May Be a Myth
There’s been a lot of talk about the idea that people can be obese and healthy, but the notion’s a myth, according to researchers. They analyzed data on more than 61,000 people involved in eight previously published studies. Each focused on the difference in health risks among people of different body sizes, some of whom had metabolic syndrome (a cluster of risk factors, such as high blood pressure, a large waistline, and diabetes, that raise the risk for heart disease). When the researchers focused solely on studies lasting 10 or more years, they learned that even when obese people didn’t have metabolic syndrome, they still had a 24 percent greater risk for cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack and stroke, and premature death than their slimmer peers. The bottom line: Obesity can be harmful—even if you’re otherwise healthy.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, published online Dec. 3, 2013