A recently published paper analyzes the theory according to which obese people can still be healthy despite the fact that they have a few extra pounds. According to its results, persons considered to be “metabolically healthy obese” still present high chances of suffering from heart of cerebrovascular diseases.
Healthy Obese People Likely to Still Develop Heart Problems
University of Birmingham Institute of Applied Health Research specialists are behind this new study. They analyzed people considered “metabolically healthy obese” or individuals that are categorized as being obese but that do not suffer from diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or any other metabolic abnormalities.
The research followed healthy obese people and individuals within the normal weight index over a period of five years. Their health was studied based on their BMIs. Then, the scientists analyzed and compared the data collected from the two groups.
Based on this, they determined that people considered obese but nonetheless healthy still presented higher risks of suffering from a heart disease when compared to the group.
Namely, they were at a higher risk of suffering from a cerebrovascular disease, from heart failure, or coronary heart disease. So the experts warn that the “metabolically healthy obesity” is far from being a harmless condition. They also suggest that the concept of healthy obesity might be ‘misleading’.
“We conclude that obese patients, irrespective of their metabolic status, should be encouraged to lose weight and that early detection and management of normal weight individuals with metabolic abnormalities will be beneficial in the prevention of CVD events,” states Dr. Krish Nirantharakumar.
He is the senior study author and also a public health physician.
Dr. Rishi Caleyachetty, an epidemiologist and the lead author, continues by pointing out that this study had an “unprecedented statistical power” capable of analyzing body size phenotypes. It was able to do so thanks to the number of metabolic abnormalities.
This also potentially reflected several definitions of the healthy obese related to “a range of CVD events”.
Study findings were released in a paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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