Monday, February 23, 2015

Nutrition Bites: Is Healthy Obese an Oxymoron?

Research from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology indicates otherwise.  

There are individuals who are obese yet workout and make some healthy food choices, these folks initially have healthy blood lipids, blood sugars, and other vitals and lab work.  

However, those who maintain their weight (obesity) over a period of time (20 years) have increasing triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, and insulin resistance.  

Lead author, Joshua A. Bell, a doctoral candidate at University College London reports, “healthy obesity’ is quite a misleading term.  It sounds safe, but we know that it’s only healthy in a relative sense. The healthy obese become unhealthy and progress into the highest risk group. This is a real challenge to the idea that the obese can be healthy in the long term.”

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