Being obese is not always synonymous with disease, study performed by the University of York (Canada) says.
People who are overweight, can live as long as skinny people, if they otherwise have a healthy lifestyle.
Obese people, are even less likely to develop cardiovascular problems, researchers say at the University of York (Canada), who studied 6,000 obese Americans over a period of 16 years and compared their mortality risk to that of lean individuals. “Our results challenge the idea that all obese need to lose weight,” says Jennifer Kuk, professor at the York School of Kinesiology and Health Science, lead author of the study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. According to Kuk, trying to lose weight and failing in this task can be even worse than maintaining a high body weight and an otherwise healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. The study found that obese people with little or no physical or psychological problem and had a greater weight upon entering adulthood were more satisfied with their situation and tried to go on a diet less frequently during their lifetime. The researchers used the Edmonton classification system of obesity, saying that it is more reliable than calculating the Body Mass Index (BMI) based on weight and height.
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