So-Called Healthy Obese 'Still Face Disease Risks'
People who are obese but free of other health complications may still be at a higher risk of heart disease and strokes than 'normal' weight people, according to a study. The preliminary findings by a team from the University of Birmingham are being presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity in Porto, Portugal.
@win-tim The research is based on a large electronic database of GPs' health records covering a 20-year period. They identified adults who did not have cardiovascular disease when they were first included in the programme. The researchers divided the group according to their body mass index (BMI) and whether they had diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. The study examined the risk of developing coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure or narrowing of the arteries for healthy obese people compared with normal weight people who were also free of other conditions.