Metabolically healthy obese have 50% higher heart disease risk
Whilst it hardly comes as a shock, a major new study has found that obese people are at an increased risk of stroke or heart failure even if they might appear healthy and do not display any of the warning signs like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Whilst some studies in the past have posed that it is possible to be obese yet healthy, new research from the University of Birmingham involving 3.5 million people, argues that this is highly unlikely.
To tackle this controversial issue, scientists examined Health Improvement Network records from 1995 to 2015. These records revealed that obese people who may have appeared healthy, did, in fact, have a 50% higher risk of coronary heart disease than those of normal weight. They also had a 7% increased risk of cerebrovascular disease, which can cause a stroke and double the risk of heart failure.
Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, who led the study commented that he understood that standard BMI measurement is crude and inaccurate as it fails to take into account the percentage of muscle mass, but for now, it is the only measure available to clinics to get a proxy for body fat.