"Healthy Obesity" is a Myth

The Physicians Committee

"Healthy Obesity" is a Myth

January 8, 2015

The idea of obesity without health concerns is largely a fiction, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers followed 2,521 healthy obese adults and found they were eight times more likely to develop chronic diseases over time, compared with non-obese individuals. The authors conclude that obese individuals will very likely experience an eventual deterioration in health.

Bell AJ, Hamer M, Sabi S, Singh-Manoux A, Batty GD, Kivimaki M. The natural course of healthy obesity over 20 years. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2015;65:101-102.

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