Yes, It's Possible To Be Obese And Healthy (Sort Of)

January 8, 2015 7:09 PM

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More than one-third of American adults with BMIs north of 30 also have a higher risk for developing conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke than the general population. But a small sliver of obese adults defy the odds, maintaining metabolic health despite the excess weight.

Scientist don’t yet fully understand the biophysical mechanisms behind “fat but fit” or “healthy obese” -- and there’s even some disagreement about whether or not a healthy obese person can maintain their status over a lifetime. Two recent and unrelated analyses of metabolically healthy, yet obese p...

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