An article in Fortune asked the question “can you be fit and fat?” It answers with, it is complicated (and contentious). It begins with a 2013 study that showed people overweight, yet not obese, were less likely to prematurely die than those with a healthy weight. While the study was a big story, it was later shown not to account for the people who lost weight due to illness. They were sick, yet had a healthy weight.
A study published this month in the European Heart Journal (EHJ) found:
“After controlling for a variety of factors (including diet, alcohol intake, physical activity, and socio-economic status) these metabolically healthy overweight and obese individuals were a respective 26% and 28% more likely to develop heart disease than participants with similar readings and a healthy BMI.”