Researchers have recently said that the concept of being “fat but fit” is a myth, and will not stop an overweight person from developing an array of heart diseases.
According to the recent findings of a research, it was concluded that even though some overweight people have a healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, their increase in weight still carries the chances of them developing coronary heart diseases.
The study, which was led by the researchers from Imperial College of London and the University of Cambridge, examined the data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. The data included information of around half a million people.
After following up for over twelve years, the researchers concluded that at least 7,637 participants across eight European countries suffered from heart disease incidents, including heart attacks.
The researchers then examined the participants’ body mass index (BMI) to determine whether these people were metabolically “healthy” or not. The participants were classified as unhealthy if they had three or more of a number of metabolic markers, including; high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low levels of HDL cholesterol or an “elevated” waist circumference.
After evaluating all the data, the researchers concluded that overweight or obese people who were deemed “healthy” according to the markers carried a high risk of developing heart ailments.
Commenting on the findings of the study, the lead author Camille Lassale said, “Our findings suggest that if a patient is overweight or obese, all efforts should be made to help them get back to a healthy weight, regardless of other factors. Even if their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol appear within the normal range, excess weight is still a risk factor.”
“Overall, our findings challenge the concept of the ‘healthy obese’. The research shows that those overweight individuals who appear to be otherwise healthy are still at increased risk of heart disease,” Lassale added.
The findings of the study were published in the European Heart Journal.