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Friday, June 1, 2018

New Study Debunks the Theory About 'Healthy Obesity'

Obesity affects hundred millions of Americans. While many people believe that as long as an obese person doesn't have any other illness, they are healthy, a new research disproves that.

Some obese people do not have the usual cardiovascular disease risk factors on having excess weight, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. It led to discussions whether excess weight really affects the risk level.

However, a new study discovered that those with excess weight have a higher risk to have a stroke or heart attack, no matter if they have normal blood pressure and cholesterol and no diabetes.

The new study tracked the health of 90,257 women in the United States for 30 years. The researchers found that only 20% of those doesn't have the risk factors and are 39% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than women of a normal weight and metabolically healthy.

"Our large cohort study confirms that metabolically healthy obesity is not a harmless condition, and even women who remain free of metabolic diseases for decades face an increased risk of cardiovascular events," said Professor Matthias Schulze, from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, who led the study.
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