Obesity study fat but fit debunkedRecent obesity study articles published last month in Annals of Internal Medicine have debunked the myth that you can be fat but fit. Although there have been studies in the past which have suggested this might be possible, the most recent studies have created doubts.
No one debates that there can be some overweight people that can be considered "metabolically healthy with a normal waistline, normal blood pressure and low cholesterol, even with a high body mass index, or BMI. No one disputes that there are also thin individuals who have high blood pressure, high body fat around their waistline and high cholesterol. These individuals may also have a higher risk of heart disease.
Scientists also acknowledge that BMI and mortality and obesity are very complicated, with a variety of factors affecting a persons cardiovascular health such as their fitness level and how fat accumulates on their body.
New obesity study evaluates 60,000 participants
The new obesity study evaluated more than 60,000 participants. In the obesity study the scientists reviewed the individuals BMI, whether they had previously had any heart attacks and their metabolic status. They also divided the individuals into five different groups:
Metabolically unhealthy and normal weight
Metabolically unhealthy and overweight
Metabolically unhealthy and obese
Overweight but metabolically healthy
Obese but metabolically healthy
Researchers concluded in the obesity study that the individuals in the normal weight group had the fewest heart issues. They also concluded that even if you are thin, if you are unhealthy, you are likely to have a greater risk to develop a heart condition. Initially, they also found that little difference in the risk for heart disease between metabolically healthy overweight individuals and metabolically healthy normal weight people. The same was true for metabolically healthy obese people.
Fat but fit myth debunked in obesity study
But after further review, following the same individuals for over 10 years, the researchers did find that the metabolically healthy obese group did have a higher rate of death and severe heart conditions than those who were considered normal weight.
Why have previous studies found different results? The researchers in this obesity study claim that previous studies may have included metabolically unhealthy individuals in the normal weight control groups, which influenced their results.
Conclusion of obesity study
Researchers hope that their new study will shed light on the fact that excess body weight does affect a persons health, even if they may feel fine. Damage may not be immediately apparent, but over time, excessive weight is not good. Researchers also note that being thin is also not an indication that a person is healthy. Even individuals who are at an ideal weight should continue to have their cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels checked.
Researchers hope that their study will highlight the detrimental effects of obesity and encourage the adequate use of our resources to combat the obesity epidemic.
Getting SSDI for Obesity
The SSA no longer considers obesity a disabling health condition. Although excessive weight may exacerbate certain conditions or contribute to diabetes and high blood pressure, it will not be sufficient, on its own, to win SSDI benefits.