Being medically healthy isn’t all it seems; Overweight is still an issue!
‘Fat but Fit’ is the term for someone who is clinically overweight or obese but is still classed as medically healthy by doctors. However recent findings by the European Heart Journal shows further evidence against the idea that people can be both fat and fit.
Researchers have studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 European countries, including the UK and have found that normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels were no assurance of good heart health among obese people. Despite those being factors of being medically healthy.
In the study, people who were overweight or obese but had healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol readings were about 28% more likely to develop heart disease than individuals with similar readings and a healthy bodyweight.
The researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge say the findings are a reminder that carrying too much fat can store up health problems for the future.
Dr Ioanna Tzoulaki, from Imperial's School of Public Health, said: "I think there is no longer this concept of healthy obese.
"If anything, our study shows that people with excess weight who might be classed as 'healthy' haven't yet developed an unhealthy metabolic profile.
"That comes later in the timeline, then they have an event, such as a heart attack."
According to the researchers, the excess weight itself may not be increasing the risk of heart disease directly, but rather over time through mechanisms such as increased blood pressure and high glucose.
What can we take away from this study? Yes you can eat cake, and burgers and pizza but perhaps we should be more mindful of how excess weight might affect us down the line and later into life.