Scientists debunk the myth of the “fat but healthy”

The myth of the “fat but in good shape” suggests that people who are overweight can be considered healthy if all of its metabolic parameters, particularly blood pressure and blood sugar levels are normal.

Scientists from the University of Birmingham analyzed data from 3.5 million people between 1995 and 2015. For the study, they took data of people with obesity (body mass index more than 30), who initially had no heart disease, no diabetes, no high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

In the end, the researchers concluded that even those people who initially had the metabolic abnormalities, after some time were more susceptible to heart disease than people with normal weight.

“The mere existence overweight puts you at increased risk to heart attack or a heart attack,” says Mike Nepton from the British heart Association.

According to Dr. Rishi, Calacatta from the University of Birmingham, doctors should advise overweight people to reduce weight regardless of the presence or absence of metabolic abnormalities.

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However a new study not yet published in a scientific journal, so other experts can not yet assess how it is correct from a scientific point of view.

Previously published studies in which scientists claimed that people with obesity can stay in shape if they have the “right genes”. One such study was published in 2012 in the European Heart Journal.

Other researchers have noted that a lot depends on how to evaluate health.

The largest drawback of the study, researchers from the University of Birmingham in the fact that they use too rigidly specified parameters in order to determine whether individuals high in sugar or high blood pressure, says Professor king’s College London Tom Sanders.

In his opinion, is to decide healthy or not according to fixed criteria is a simplified and not quite correct approach.

Also previously, some studies have indicated that human health may depend not so much on the existence of excess weight, but from its distribution in the body.

For example, the concentration of excess weight in the abdominal area may be more dangerous than uniform distribution throughout the body.