The idea that someone can be "fat and fit" — that is, overweight but still healthy — has been around for some time. But don't be fooled. Most research has shown a consistent association between weight gain and health problems. For example, a study published online March 16, , by the European Heart Journal looked at almost , people without heart disease who were classified as either normal weight, overweight, or obese based on their body mass index BMI. BMI gauges people's body status using their height and weight. Find your BMI at www. After four years, the researchers found a direct correlation between higher BMI and a higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure.
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Can you be overweight and still be fit? - Harvard Health
Around a dozen years ago, researchers noticed that some patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease fared better than others. This should have been encouraging news, perhaps a clue to future treatments. Instead, researchers were baffled. Because the factor that seemed to be protecting these patients was fat: They were all overweight or mildly obese. Carl Lavie, a cardiologist in Jefferson, Louisiana, was one of the first clinicians to describe the paradox.
Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health
In , a meta-analysis was published in the JAMA journal which concluded that those patients with a BMI between 25 and 30 had a lower overall mortality rate. The recent study -published in the Annals of Internal Medicine- has shown that, in effect, there is no protective effect to be gained from being overweight. In fact, obese patients have a higher mortality rate. Obese patients have a higher mortality rate. However, those who are obese but in good physical shape have a lower morbidity and mortality than those patients who are slimmer overall yet in poor physical shape.
Poor fat! So reviled, so shameful, so unloved. We want only to annihilate it, or at least keep it to a barely visible minimum.