The Truth About Fat

In recent years, you may have seen reports that it’s possible to be “fat but fit.” British researchers who looked at the health records of 3.5 million people over a period of 10 years found that to be wishful thinking.

In the study, obese people (BMI 30+) who had none of the metabolic abnormalities often associated with obesity, including high blood pressure, abnormal blood fats, prediabetes or diabetes, still faced a 50 percent increased risk of coronary heart disease, a 7 percent increased risk of stroke or mini stroke, and a doubled risk of heart failure compared to people who had a BMI in the healthy range and no metabolic abnormalities. For people who were obese and also had metabolic abnormalities, the increases in risk were even greater.

The good news: Even modest weight loss of 3 to 5 percent of your current weight can have a positive and medically significant impact on your health.