A study has proclaimed that there is no such thing as 'fat and healthy." Even if a person with a high BMI doesn't have any of the usual weight-related conditions, such as heart problems and diabetes, they still aren't considered healthy.
According to CBS News on Dec. 3, researchers with Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital reviewed studies between 1950 and the present year and found that otherwise healthy obese people were 24 percent more likely to die prematurely than individuals with a lower BMI.
The study's lead author says this proves the thought that resources don't need to be put toward obese people with normal lab results is false. Overweight individuals who don't get enough exercise are at risk for a metabolic syndrome, which is the name for the risk factors that increase the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Author Catherine Kramer also noted that even if the obese person was 'healthy' now, there will be an effect on metabolic health down the line. The researchers concluded that "there is no 'healthy' pattern of obesity."
According to Fox, an accompanying editorial states that the findings support the idea that obesity is a disease itself. Some scientists do disagree though, and state that blood pressure and cholesterol are more important than body weight.