November 2008 Issue
Can You Be Fat and Still Be Healthy? Yes, Says New Study, But
In the debate over whether you can be overweight yet healthy at the same time, a new study suggests the answer may depend on how you define "healthy." The study, in the August 11/25 Archives of Internal Medicine, analyzed data from 5,440 people taking part in government surveys of food intake. It found that a large percentage of those who were overweight or obese were "metabolically healthy," as determined by blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, triglycerides, high-density lipoproteins and C-reactive protein—a marker for inflammation. On the flip side, many normal-weight participants were found to be "metabolically unhealthy," putting them at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So does weight mean anything when it comes to your health?
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