A new study conducted by the European Heart Journal has discovered that overall health is a better indicator of the cancer or heart disease risk of people compared to obesity.The research found that how ‘metabolically fit’ people were, irrespective of being obese or not, played the largest role in determining their actual heart disease risk. The study proved that people can potentially be obese but still be considered fit and healthy without a higher risk of heart disease if they still fall within the reigns of ‘metabolically fit.’ In order to meet this definition a person must not have high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol.
They must also be participating in regular forms of exercise.In order to support their conclusion the researchers compiled data from over 43,000 Americans out of whom over a third were considered to be obese. From this 19,000 about half were considered to be metabolically healthy after the completion of lab tests and a physical examination.
This group of people also did not suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes and exercised much more than the other obese people in the study.It was found that the above mentioned group had the same risk of heart disease as people that are a healthy weight. It stated that the findings prove that you will be healthier at any weight if you continue to exercise because physical fitness helps reduce other metabolic risk factors.