Dec 03, 2013
By Jane Brown
There is no such thing as healthy obesity, according to new findings from Canadian researchers. Their study counters the long held notion that some people can be overweight without suffering serious health consequences. Scientists at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital say obese people are at a significantly increased risk of premature death compared with individuals of normal weight. This holds true even if the obese person has no metabolic red flags such as high cholesterol, hypertension or blood sugar levels associated with type 2 diabetes. The researchers analyzed data from eight separate studies involving more than 60,000 people. They found that after 10 or more years of follow-up, obese people had a 24 percent additional risk for a cardiovascular event or premature death compared to those of normal weight, regardless of whether obese individuals had metabolic problems at the outset.