'Fat but fit' doesn't diminish risk for heart attack, stroke

Your waistline isn't the sole indicator of health—but it shouldn't be disregarded if an active individual without symptoms is still overweight.

A recent study that examined 3.5 million people over a decade found those who are metabolically healthy—overweight or obese, but without such conditions as high blood pressure or diabetes—are still at higher risk for cadiovascular events than those with healthy body-mass indexes.

"This is the largest prospective study of the association between metabolically health obesity and cardiovascular disease event," said lead author Rishi Caleyachetty, PhD, MSc. "Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals.”

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