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Study: “Healthy Obesity” Does Not Exist

Healthy Obesity

Story at-a-glance -

  • “Metabolically healthy” overweight or obesity describes people who are carrying excess weight without any of the corresponding health problems
  • A large meta-analysis revealed “healthy obesity” may be a myth
  • The review found that obese individuals were more likely to die sooner or have heart-related problems than people of normal weight – even if they were otherwise healthy
  • Separate research suggested that seemingly healthy obesity may be a transient state, with health problems coming down the road
  • Most overweight Americans have some degree of insulin and leptin resistance that can be addressed by making dietary changes and exercising

By Dr. Mercola

In the last decade, researchers have been exploring the paradox of "metabolically healthy" overweight or obesity, which describes people who are carrying excess weight without any of the corresponding health problems that typically go along with it.


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