There is a notion that you can be both obese and healthy. The research conducted among people who – despite carrying around a bit more weight – had good blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and good blood pressure readings was supposed to be a proof for that. That is where the myth of healthy obesity sprouted from. But why exactly is that a myth?
Last year a breakthrough research has been published - the study has been conducted by the scientists from the Epidemiology and Public Health Department of the University College of London, proving that being overweight will get to you sooner or later.
In the aforementioned research included 2521 men and women, between 39 and 62 years old. They have been weighted, their levels of cholesterol, glucose, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure checked.
The group consisted of people who – despite their BMI indicators – had good lab results. The research was conducted for 20 years.
Over the years, over half of the participants reported deterioration in health. Research has proven that over 30% of the subjects felt worse in just 4 years from the beginning of the experiment. Only 11% of the subjects managed to lower their starting weight.
This research proves that there is no such thing as healthy obesity. It’s but a temporary state - the health consequences will sooner or later show up in most people.
Other research tested the health effects of physical activity in fat people. It has proven that both aerobics and a 20-minute brisk walk can decrease the risk of death by 50% in comparison to being. It has also been observed that sports are more profitable for people who have a correct BMI. The less additional weight, the more benefits of physical activity we will reap. Obese people – even when training more intensely than slim people – benefit from the exercises less.
To sum it up, obesity is not a natural state and results in many negative health consequences. „Healthy obesity” is a myth - in such people the consequences are simply extended in time. The adverse effects are simply delayed.