Fact or Fiction?

Overweight_TeenFat but fit has become a popular message over the past few years, but many researchers aren’t buying it. In fact, a new study just presented at the European Congress on Obesity claims fat but fit may be a medical myth.

From CNBC.com:

The term ‘fat but fit’ is a fallacy that risks accelerating the spread of global obesity, according to new research which throws cold water on a commonly held medical belief.

Medical scientists from the University of Birmingham have countered the theory that people can be fat but medically fit with new research which claims that obese people remain at greater risk of developing heart disease, strokes and heart failure than people of normal weight.

According to Newsweek, “Over recent years, a number of studies have indicated people can be overweight or obese, but still remain “metabolically healthy”, meaning they do not have the conditions that normally go alongside obesity, such as high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats, poor blood sugar control or diabetes. This has led many people to believe it is possible to be obese and healthy—but the latest research suggests this is not necessarily the case.”

CBS News put together a short video to take a closer look at the idea of being healthy obese. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.


NursingTimes.net pointed out that “compared to a normal weight person with no abnormalities, an obese person with three abnormalities had a 2.6 times increased risk of heart disease, a 58% increased risk cerebrovascular disease, a 3.8 times increased risk of heart failure, and a 2.2 times increased risk of peripheral vascular disease.” The online publication also quoted the study’s author, Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, from the Institute of Applied Health Research at the University of Birmingham, as saying:

“Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals, The priority of health professionals should be to promote and facilitate weight loss among obese persons, regardless of the presence or absence of metabolic abnormalities,” said Dr Caleyachetty.

A recent study by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that Arizona has the 34th highest obesity rate in the nation at 28.4 percent. Share your thoughts on how we can lower that number and encouraghe people to pursue a healthier lifestyle in our state. We’d also love to hear your thoughts on the latest research that seems to debunk the belief that you can be both healthy and obese. Generating meaningful conversation around these types of health issues is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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