Healthy Obesity?

healthy_obesityYou may have heard the term, ‘healthy obesity.’ It is defined as someone who has a “body mass index high enough to be classified as obese but without some of the health complications that are normally linked with obesity.” However, a new study just released in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, casts doubt on the belief that one can be both obese and healthy.

From U.S. News & World Report:

Obese women who have been healthy for decades may still be on the path to heart problems, a new study suggests.

“If you are obese, but free of disease like diabetes or hypertension, it does not mean you are free of the risk for cardiovascular disease,” said lead researcher Matthias Schulze. “You are still at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, compared to normal-weight healthy women.”

Schulze, who’s with the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, in Nuthetal, cautioned that this study can’t prove obesity caused heart issues, just that’s there’s an association.

The study involved more than 90,000 women and it looked at whether metabolically healthy obesity affected the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). If you would like to dig deeper into this new research, we have linked to a number of stories below. Take a look at a few of them and let us know what you think. Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues making headlines is one more way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

‘Healthy obesity’ not so healthy for the heart

Metabolically ‘healthy’ obesity still linked to higher risk of cardiovascular disease

‘Metabolically Healthy’ Obesity? Not So Much, Study Finds

Study casts doubt on ‘healthy obesity’

New Study Suggests That ‘Healthy Obesity’ Can Still Lead To Cardiovascular Disease

New study casts doubt on “healthy obesity” for women

Enough With the Term ‘Healthy Obesity,’ Says Researcher

‘Healthy obesity’ still bad for the heart

Being fat and fit ‘is a myth no matter how much you exercise’

More Doubt for ‘Metabolically Healthy Obesity’



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