The findings, which were recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, took a look at the vital signs of participants consider both normal weight and obese, but healthy, over the span of five years. The study concluded that even though the obese participants were “metabolically healthy,” they were still putting their health at serious risk.
The specific numbers to note for obese participants included a 49 percent higher chance of developing heart disease and a 96 percent higher risk of suffering from heart failure, compared to their normal weight counterparts.
The research took into account a sizable sample size for the study, 3.5 million British adults in total. The lead author of the study, Dr. Rishi Caleyachetty, spoke to the Independent about the debunked “fat but fit” notion.
“Metabolically healthy obesity is not a harmless condition, and it would be incorrect to think so. It’s actually better not to use this term as it can create a lot of confusion,” said Dr. Caleyachetty.
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