Can you be healthy and have obesity? Not really, says major study This article reviews the prevalence of obesity in the US (over 1/3 of all people, not limited to adults), the theory that “people may be obese and still have good health) and a research study that analyzed the medical records of 3.5 million (!) adults in the U.K.
To cut to the chase, the authors found:
“Specifically, people with obesity considered to be healthy were 49 percent more likely to develop coronary heart disease, as well as 96 percent more likely to have heart failure. Additionally, people with obesity had a 7 percent higher chance of having a stroke.”
And, they concluded:
“The idea of being healthily obese is a myth. Our work shows that so-called ‘metabolically healthy’ obese individuals are still at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals. The priority of health professionals regarding these patients should be to promote and facilitate weight loss, as it is with any other obese patient.” (emphasis added)