"Healthy obesity" turns unhealthy
In recent years, some research has suggested that it's possible to be both obese and healthy. But now a study by scientists at University College, London debunks that notion, concluding that obesity almost always becomes unhealthy.
Researchers observed 2,500 medically obese people over the span of 20 years with 66 of these people classified as “healthy” obese due to their cholesterol, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, fasting glucose levels, and insulin resistance. At the end of the 20 years, researchers found that more than half of those who began the study as healthy, became unhealthy and the ones who remained healthy did so by losing enough weight to no longer be considered obese.
Researchers then studied another group of healthy obese individuals for 20 years and found similar results – 48 percent became unhealthy, while 10 percent lost enough weight to no longer be considered obese.
The more time passes, the more likely that healthy obese adults will become unhealthy and the progression becomes stronger, lead researcher, Joshua Bell concluded in the report, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.