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'Fat But Fit' Study Finds There Isn't Really Such a Thing

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By    |   Thursday, 18 May 2017 05:21 AM

Can you be fat but fit? A new study concludes "healthy obese" people are still more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke than people within a normal weight range.

"Fat but fit" individuals don’t necessarily suffer from metabolic problems such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes, but their health risk is still higher than usual, the study, which examimed records from 3.5 million people in the United Kingdome from 1995 to 2015, found, HealthDay reported.

Researchers examined health records from 1995 to 2015. The records consisted of 3.5 million people in the United Kingdom, who were 18 years of age and up.

None of the individuals in this study originally had heart disease.

The study found "fat but fit" people had a 50 percent chance of suffering from heart disease and a 7 percent higher chance of having a stroke, HealthDay reported. The healthy obese also are twice as likely to experience heart failure and have a higher risk of peripheral artery disease.

"This is the largest prospective study of the association between metabolically health obesity and cardiovascular disease events," Rishi Caleyachetty, the study's author, said in a statement, according to Newsweek. "Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals."

Caleyachetty urged people not use the term healthy obesity because "it is not a harmless condition."

"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," he added.

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