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Some obese people have no increased cardiovascular risk


A small number of obese people do not have the elevated cardiovascular risk typical of obesity, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, according to a Dutch study.

Researchers looked 1,325 obese individuals, who ranged in age from 28 to 75 years, finding 90 were “metabolically healthy”.

The authors said: “Some obese persons have a normal cardiovascular risk profile, and they have no increased risk for heart and blood vessel disease [because of their weight]. However, periodic evaluation of their risk profile remains essential.”

The results were presented last week at a US Endocrine Society conference in San Diego.


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  • Hmmm, how did they measure obesity though? Was it purely on body fat levels taking into account muscle mass, somatotype and racial differences, or was it with the ridiculous and outdated BMI?

    Either way this still does not seem like a result that is worthy of such a headline.

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  • I think it is. My Mum has been "obese" since her middle 30s and the only time she sees her GP is for her yearly check. She does little exercise yet her cardiovascular system is "A"plus at age 84 years. I'm following the same pattern - supposedly clinically obese but fitter than many half my age because I do exercise. It annoys the hell out of me that I can't lose weight - and even more annoying is that current scientific thinking hasn't yet been able to go outside the box and tell me why I am this way other than my hypothalamus doesn't function as it should. There's a lot about a lot we don't yet know - and maybe never will so any step forward to help others understand why "fat" bodies don't conform to "normal skinny standard" is good.

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  • Hmm, Anonymous | 27-Jun-2010 8:12 pm, I think you and your mother are exceptions rather than the rule though.

    Now you mention obesity, but are your body fat levels healthy? For example I am considered obese with the ridiculous BMI, but my body fat levels are a healthy 14% and I am 6"2 with a muscular rugby players build.

    You may not be fat as such (I don't know I have never met you), you could have an endomorphic somatotype.

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