“Fat but Fit”?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in Patient Care | 0 comments

“Fat but Fit”?

A Healthy Heart Needs a Normal Body Weight

In this week’s Medscape advisor primary care news story, we’re asking the question: Is “fat but fit” a myth? A new study challenges the idea of “healthy obesity.”

An analysis of more than half a million people in Europe with 12 years of follow-up showed that compared with normal-weight individuals, overweight and obese patients had a higher risk for heart attacks, regardless of their metabolic health (lipids, glucose, and blood pressure).

This is robust evidence against the notion of healthy obesity, supporting the idea that maintaining a normal body weight is a key step toward maintaining a healthy heart.

 Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy, a practicing internist, and senior medical director for WebMD. Follow Dr Cassoobhoy on Twitter at @ArefaMD

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