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Obesity on its own Not Responsible for Increase in Risk of Death


A new study has found that individuals who are obese, but have no other health problems are NOT more likely to die as a result of their obesity.

The finding of this research could change the way that we look at the relationship between health and weight.

Commonly, we have been told that metabolically healthy obesity can be slightly risky. This is because the definition of “healthy obesity” means that there are some health risks, but not significant enough to come under the “at risk” category. Metabolically healthy obesity is therefore of the scale of obesity, but can’t be categorised in the same way of riskier types of obesity.

The research showed that although illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension were risky on their own, this wasn’t the case for obesity on its own.

About the Study

  1. 54,089 men and women participated in the study.

  2. The participants were arranged into five categories. Including groups who had obesity alone or combined with a metabolic issue, or high glucose levels, blood pressure issues etc.

  3. Expertsobserved how many people in each group died when compared to people within the normal weight population with no metabolic risk factors.

Currently the BMI scale tells us that anyone over 30kg/m2needs to lose weight. This means that even if you are obese but have no other health risks, you are unhealthy. However, the study showed that only 1 in 20 people with obesity had no other health risks.

The study was designed to prove to people that even though a person is obese, it does not increase the rate of their mortality. The study found that a person of a normal weight with no metabolic risk factors had the same chance of dying as an obese personwith no metabolic risk factors. This means that it is also unclear how beneficial it is to lose weight if you are metabolically healthy.

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