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Can People Really Be “Fit and Fat?”

Apr 25th 2014 at 12:19 AM

Ever watch someone bench press a ridiculous amount of weight but not look quite like The Rock? Or hit the gym every day and still have a beer belly? It’s not an illusion — some research suggests people can be in shape even if they don’t quite look the part . But a more recent study found that being overweight actually puts people at greater risk of dying from heart disease. The new findings complicate the “fit but fat” issue, and imply that even medical professionals can’t always determine someone’s health status so easily.

The scientists who led the new study say earlier studies came to faulty conclusions possibly because they compared healthy obese people to unhealthy obese people; because they missed signs of diabetes or hypertension in overweight participants; or because they only studied the participants for short time periods. for more info visit site (

Another way to explain the idea that someone can be overweight but otherwise healthy is that what’s on the scale may not be the most important factor when measuring good health. Some scientists suggest lack of exercise might raise the risk of heart disease more than excess body fat. In one study with 906 women, researchers found that participants with lower levels of fitness showed a clearer connection to cardiovascular problems than those who were overweight (measured by BMI) [5]. Other health experts say those who are less-than-ripped but still fit may have a lesser risk for cardiovascular disease than their skinny-but-sedentary peers. Ultimately, fitness capacity may be more critical than body mass index to prevent heart disease risk.

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