Is It Possible To Be Obese And Healthy?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
When it comes to health reporting about fat people, don't swallow everything you see.
Major news outlets on TV, radio and online lit up Monday with news about a study claiming there was no such thing as "healthy obesity," which is the notion that a person can be obese according to the body mass index chart, while at the same time be spared adverse health effects like high blood pressure, insulin resistance and high cholesterol levels.
For example, NBC News' headline said the study "Disputes Fat But Fit Claim," while NPR went with the headline "Overweight And Healthy: A Combo That Looks Too Good To Be True."
But, in fact, the study showed neither of those things.
The researchers, led by Dr. Caroline K. Kramer, M.D., Ph.D., of Mount Sinai Hospital's Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, chose eight high-quality studies that tracked more than 60,000 participants' weights and metabolic health. In each of the eight studies, participants were followed up after an
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