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The myth about being 'fat but fit'

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The weight issues of America are always making headlines.

In the battle of the bulge, the term “healthy weight” is often used—even when talking about overweight people.

When dealing with obesity, new research shows that a “healthy weight” may not be exactly what you think, and the term 'fat but fit' can very very misleading.

Researchers compiled data eight from eight studies that included over 60,000 participants.

The studies looked at several factors: participants' BMI, metabolic status, and any fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular events, such as a heart attack.

A sample of normal weight, metabolically healthy people were used as the control group, and the research revealed very interesting results.

When it came to heart disease, there was little difference in the risk between metabolically healthy overweight individuals and metabolically healthy normal weight people.

It was also the same for metabolically healthy obese people.

Although previous studies suggested you can be overweight and healthy, by following participants for 10 years, this study showed metabolically healthy obese people had an increased risk of death and cardiovascular events compared to those of normal weight.

Normal weight people shouldn't automatically consider themselves healthy without checking their cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels as well.

Excess weight is not good to carry around for anyone—large or small, and it will eventually take a toll on the body as the study indicates, and BMI levels should only be one factor of many in determining overall health.

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