‘Fat but fit’ still risk heart disease
People who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, experts are warning.
The work, in the European Heart Journal, is further evidence against the idea people can be “fat but fit”. The researchers studied health data on more than half a million people in 10 European countries, including the UK. Normal blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels were no assurance of good heart health among obese people. After a follow-up period of more than 12 years, 7,637 of the people in the study had developed heart disease.
Weight appeared to be a risk factor. For more information BBC News