‘Healthy Obesity’ Is Not Really That Healthy After All

Obesity has become a national concern for the United States, and the health department is doing everything to bring it all under control. However, step one towards cure is to actually acknowledge that there is indeed a problem which needs to be tackled.

To say that ‘healthy obesity’ does not exist, would be untruthful. But it is just a state, in which a person can be both healthy and obese, and it takes only a span of few years for it to go haywire and evolve in to unhealthy obesity and eventually to morbid obesity.

In general, a generous amount of obese people have little regard for their overall health if their labs have turned up okay. But it should be noted that having control over triglycerides and cholesterol levels, blood pressure and insulin sensitivity hardly validates a person as a healthy individual.

Researches are popping up which negate the notion of ‘healthy obesity’. One such study was conducted by the researchers of the University College London, analyses the data acquired over a period of 20 years and observes the out come of the health statuses of many ‘healthy obese’ adults.

The study first observed 66 ‘healthy obese’ people out of a group of 2,500 people. Over the course of the study, more than half of the healthy obese people slid down to the non healthy category while only 6% managed to liberate themselves to status of healthy non-obese adults.

The study was repeated with a greater number of ‘healthy obese’ participants, 389 in all, and followed the course of the disease more closely than before. People who started out as healthy obese people showed signs of deteriorating disease. What started off at 35% in 10 years, increased to 48% by 20 years. While only 10% managed to become healthy, non obese adults.

The researchers write in their study, ” ‘Healthy obese’ adults were nearly 8 times more likely to progress to an unhealthy obese state after 20 years than healthy, non-obese adults, and these subjects were consistently more likely to make this adverse transition than unhealthy obese adults.”

Joshua Bell leads the study which was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.


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