Is there such a thing as ‘healthy obesity’?

Recently there has been a lot of media attention around the concept of being overweight or obese and "metabolically healthy". Researchers from the United Kingdom (UK) have found there is no such thing as this "healthy obesity".

Researchers examined the link between metabolic syndrome*, obesity and cardiovascular risk. Data was sourced from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. The EPIC study includes 520,000 individuals from 10 European countries including the UK.  

The study found that "metabolically healthy" overweight and obese individuals were at a higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared to those with a normal weight. The risk was lower than their "metabolically unhealthy" counterparts but still significant.

This study highlights the importance of maintaining healthy weight, regardless of the presence or absence of other risk factors for disease.

Take a look at our Childhood Obesity and Stop the Spread campaigns for more information on maintaining a healthy weight.


*Metabolic syndrome was defined as having 3 or more metabolic markers including elevated blood pressure, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL-cholesterol, high blood sugar and elevated waist circumference. Individuals with metabolic syndrome were ‘metabolically unhealthy’.


Posted: 17/08/2017 08:28:38 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Cardiovascular disease, Coronary heart disease, Metabolic syndrome, Obesity, Overweight


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