Can You Be Healthy and Obese? New Study Says Absolutely Not

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By: Krystle Crossman

There had been research conducted to see if it is possible to be overweight but still be healthy at the same time. It was an interesting idea but now the research that showed that it may be possible is turning. A study in Korea shows that it is being fit and being overweight just isn’t possible.

The study was conducted on 14,828 people in Korea. They looked at those who were obese and those who were not obese. Both groups had no heart problems at the time. They noted that those who were obese had more plaque build-up in their arteries. In Korea they consider anyone with a BMI over 25 to be obese while here in the U.S. it is 35 for a BMI. One of the authors of the study, Dr. Yoosoo Chang, says that even though someone who is obese does not have heart disease that does not mean that they are healthy and that the extra weight is not taking a great toll on their body.

Multiple studies have been done to see whether it is possible for someone who is obese to be “metabolically healthy”. They looked to see whether a person who has extra weight but no heart disease, normal blood pressure, no diabetes, and stable cholesterol can still be considered a healthy person. A study at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto however is aiming to show that you cannot be obese and considered healthy at the same time. They say that even if you are overweight have good blood pressure and low cholesterol, you are still at a much higher risk for developing heart disease or dying earlier than someone who is at a healthy weight.

Many of the studies that were trying to prove that being overweight and healthy was possible had flaws in their designs. They didn’t compare the right things or they left key factors out of their studies. It is possible to be thin and unhealthy too and there are more studies being conducted to figure out the correlation between weight and health factors.

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