Is 'Fat but Fit' Really Possible?
"Fat but fit" is a phrase used to describe the theory that extra weight is not harmful when metabolic factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and others are within recommended limits. Although research remains somewhat conflicted, a new, currently unpublished study suggests "fat but fit" is a myth.
Data for the study was collected between 1995 and 2015 and involved 3.5 million people in the UK. According to researchers, obese people who do not have initial signs of chronic health problems like heart disease or diabetes are not protected from health problems later in life.
Researchers discovered that people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease compared to people of normal weight. Other studies have shown that excess weight in the middle of the body is more harmful than weight that is more evenly distributed, but the bottom line is that regular exercise and a healthy diet improve overall health—no matter what the scale says.
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