Is your weight really a reliable indicator of your overall health?
Increasingly, medical research is showing that it isn’t. A recent study compared weight and cardiovascular risk factors among a representative sample of more than 5,000 adults. The data suggest that half of overweight people and one-third of obese people were “metabolically healthy.” That means that despite their excess pounds, they had healthy levels of “good” cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose and other risks for heart disease.
At the same time, about one out of four slim people had at least two cardiovascular risk factors typically associated with obesity.
This follows a report last fall which showed that overweight people appear to have longer life expectancies than so-called normal weight adults. The most striking finding was that fitness level, regardless of weight orbody mass index, was the strongest predictor of mortality risk.