Study says you can't be obese and healthy
A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine contends that it's not really possible to be both obese and healthy. The researchers concluded that obesity alone increases the risk of death.
Scientists at Sinai Hospital in Toronto analyzed data from eight other studies involving more than 61,000 people, who were mostly middle age. The researchers looked only at studies that followed participants for a minimum of 10 years.
Of this sector, people who were obese with no metabolic complications—heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol—still had a 24 percent higher risk of experiencing heart problems at some point, compared to people at a normal weight with no metabolic complications. The researchers said that this demonstrates that it's not possible to be obese and healthy.
However, the study has already drawn criticism from the medical community. Some say metabolic risk factors are much more dangerous for heart health than weight. Another study earlier this year concluded that overweight people tend to live longer than people at a normal weight. The study also couldn’t factor in the physical activity of participants, which could affect the risk of death.