“Fat and healthy not an oxymoron” or “Fat and fit” were attempts to capture what was conveyed by recently published research in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Basically, over half of the overweight people turned out to be okay while nearly 25% of normal weight people were at risk for heart problems.
The more accurate headline would have stated metabolic health is linked to many factors and weight is only one of them. Moreover, whether a person is thin or has excess pounds is not the best way to determine a persons risk for heart problems. Your health is made up of many factors that include everything from your genetic package to the air you breathe. That being said this study is another reminder that as engaged health consumers we need to go for regular check-ups to see how our bodies are functioning, i.e, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglycerides, etc.
Narcissism aside, health is not about how we look but about how our body is working.
CNN.com has an AP story on this study.