Fit and Fat Healthy

It is possible to be both fat and fit says a recent study on obesity.

Researchers, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, analysed health studies from around the world.  They found that one in four people who fall into the obese BMI category are actually metabolically healthy. Writing in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal the scientists said that metabolically healthy obese people are regarded as healthy as they have none of the major cardiovascular risks associated with obesity.

Other studies have also supported the view that obesity is not necessary a sign of ill health and being unfit. The Daily Mail cities one 15 year long Italian study that found the ‘healthy obese’ were no more likely to develop heart disease or cancer than people of normal weight. Whilst the NHS website reports that the National Cancer Institute found moderately obese people actually lived about 3.1 years longer than normal-weight women and men.

some people can be eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and be healthy whilst supporting a more rotund physique

Obesity is one of the biggest global health problems. The growing proportions of the world’s population has also seen a growing number of people suffering from type-2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The research does not dispel these facts. However it does make it clear that some people can be eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and be healthy whilst supporting a more rotund physique.

Size zero is not the answer

In fact, being super-slim can be as detrimental as being generously proportioned. Famous dieter and actress Gwyneth Paltrow was diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor to brittle-bone disease osteoporosis in 2010. Whilst this disease is commonly found in the elderly, it can be caused by vitamin and calcium deficiencies, too much exercise or poor nutrition. Strict diets can deprive your body of vital nutrients it needs for healthy bone maintenance, energy levels, organ function and a healthy immune system.

The key, experts say, is exercise. Fitness and your exercise regime is a better indicator of your health than body shape or BMI. If you exercise regularly, if your breathing recovers quickly, your heart rate or BMP is within the normal boundaries for your age, you have normal blood pressure and you process sugar properly then these are good signs that you are healthy. Even if you are more pleasantly plump than stick thin.

“What we’re learning is that a body that exercises regularly is generally a healthy body, whether that body is fat or thin,” says Glenn Gaesser, PhD, a professor of exercise and wellness at Arizona State University and the author of Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Your Health.