Can you be Fat and Fit?



Can You Be Fat and Fit?


A new study from Spanish researchers indicates that it’s not all about the number on the scale, stating that it is possible to be healthy and fat. According to this study analyzing the health statistics of more than 450,000 Spanish workers, more than half of the people (who were analyzed) were obese, but also metabolically healthy. Stay away from cigarettes and alcohol, hit the gym regularly, and it’s entirely possible to be healthy or “fit” even while carrying excess body weight.


Fat and Healthy People


This discovery was graded by reference to five metrics (blood pressure, waist circumference, cholesterol/triglyceride levels, and fasting blood sugar). The people in the study who were more likely to feel and be healthy and fit were young women who didn’t have bad habits (like smoking or heavily drinking) and who exercised.


“Being physically active will always give you health benefits, regardless of your BMI status. The metabolic health of those who are active compared to those who aren’t is generally always better,” Central Queensland University professorial research fellow Corneel Vandelanotte told The Huffington Post Australia. He also added that it is better to be fat and fit, than the opposite – thin and unfit. Of course, there is a fact that the metabolic health can be in better state when a person is of a normal weight than when that person is obese, however it is still possible


Regular Exercise is the Way to Go


But, besides the fact that you can be fit and fat at the same time, all health experts are agreed on one thing – the best thing you can do is to be a normal weight and exercise regularly.

“The ideal is still to be within a healthy weight range and meeting physical activity guidelines. The worst case scenario is you’re overweight and not doing any physical activity,” Vandelanotte said.


Four Categories of People


The researchers divided people involved in the study into four categories:

  • Underweight
  • Normal
  • Overweight
  • Obese

Obese workers had about 45% higher chances to be unhealthy when compared to people of the normal weight. So, in the end, the best thing to do is to stay in a range of a normal weight and exercise regularly in order to lower the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or hypertension.

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