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|Sun, 09-09-2012 - 5:33pm|
Can you be obese and still be perfectly healthy? Perhaps – but it may all come down to how much you exercise, a new international study suggests.
Among obese but metabolically healthy adults there was no difference between overall risk of death or developing or dying from heart disease or cancer, the study shows. Metabolically healthy obese people also had around a 38-percent lower risk of dying during the 24-year study period than other obese people.
The findings echo those of an earlier Dutch study showing that metabolically healthy obese have the same heart disease risk as healthy, normal-weight individuals.
But what makes one person “fit fat” and another “bad fat”? Exercise. “Our study suggests that metabolically healthy but obese people have a better fitness level than the rest of obese individuals,” says study lead author Francisco Ortega, Ph.D., of the University of Granada in Spain.
So even if you’ve got a lot of weight around the midsection, try to hit the gym. “We believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier — including obese people,” Ortega says.
The study appears online in the European Heart Journal.