BEING ‘fat but fit’ is a myth, doctors have warned, with overweight people facing a greatly increased risk even if other key markers suggest that they are healthy.
A study of more than half a million people found that those who were overweight or obese had up to a 28 per cent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease – where arteries in the heart become clogged – even if they had healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
The latest findings contradict previous smaller studies which suggested some overweight people could be healthy if they suffered none of the negative effects usually connected to weight gain.
Researchers, led by Imperial College London and Cambridge University, said the study showed the concept of being fat but fit was ‘a myth’. Dr Camille Lassale, lead author of the report, said: ‘Our findings challenge the concept of the “healthy obese”. Overweight individuals who appear to be otherwise healthy are still at increased risk of heart disease. Excess weight is still a risk factor.’
Professor Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, which part-funded the research, said: ‘Maintaining a healthy body weight is a key step towards a healthy heart.’
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