Fat Can Be Healthy: Some Obese People Live Long Lives

Not everyone who is obese needs to lose weight it's possible to carry extra pounds as well as still be healthy, the new study says.Although obesity brings an increased risk of many health complications, the new study shows that people who are obese but do not have such complications might live as long as normal weight individuals."This illustrates that you can't have one sweeping brush to categorize all obese individuals," pronounced study researcher Jennifer Kuk, an assistant professor at York University in Toronto. People need to look at whether they have additional risk factors indicating poor health to establish whether they should lose weight, Kuk said.In fact, the results suggest that "yo-yo dieting," in which people lose weight but gain it back later, might be more unhealthful for some obese people than simply maintaining their weight, Kuk said. Participants in the study who mislaid the most weight over their lifetime, but hadn't necessarily kept the weight off, were more likely to have additional health complications from their obesity than those who mislaid less weight.The researchers are working to develop the scaling system that could help physicians establish which obese patients would benefit from weight loss. The study was published today (Aug. 15) in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition as well as Metabolism.Obesity as well as mortalityKuk as well as colleagues studied the Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS), which classifies obese people into five categories formed on their health risks. Obese people who have no obesity-associated diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, back pain or depression, are classified as stage 0. The more risk factors you have in addition to obesity, the higher on the scale you rank.The researchers analyzed data from about 6,000 obese, middle-age Americans who attended the health clinic in Dallas between 1987 as well as 2001. The participants were assessed by the physician for health complications. They also answered questions about their earthy acti! vity lev el, fruit as well as vegetable intake as well as past weight loss efforts.After 16 years, people classified as EOSS stage 2 or 3 were about 1.6 times more likely to have died of any cause, as well as about 2 times more likely to have died of cardiovascular disease as normal-weight individuals.However, those classified as stage 0 or 1 were no more likely to have died than those of normal weight. In fact, stage 0 or 1 participants were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than people of normal weight, the researchers said.Stage 0 as well as 1 people were more likely to be physically active as well as eat more fruits as well as vegetables than those classified as stage 2 or 3. Stage 0 or 1 participants were also less likely to report engaging in weight loss practices.Dieting may be risky to your health if you recover the weight you've lost, Kuk said. Most people who lose weight will ultimately put the pounds back on, as well as may recover more than they lost, she said.Obese but healthy It's "absolutely" possible for people to be overweight or obese as well as healthy, pronounced Dr. Pieter Cohen, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as the general internist at Cambridge Health Alliance. However, the new study is just the "small square in the larger puzzle," to try to establish which people will benefit from weight loss, Cohen said.Even if we identify people at high risk for complications from obesity, it's unclear whether losing weight will reduce their risk of dying, Cohen said.To more clearly answer the question, researchers should randomly assign obese people to either lose weight or say their weight as well as practice the healthy lifestyle, to see which group sees more improvement in health, Cohen said.The findings do not give obese people the "free license" to gain weight, Kuk said. Rather, the study suggests that maintaining weight, eating right as well as exercising may, in the long run, be better than trying to lose weight, Kuk said.Pass it on: Some obese ! people m ay be better off say their weight as well as practicing the healthy lifestyle than attempting to lose weight, the study suggests.This story was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, the sister site to LiveScience. Follow MyHealthNewsDaily staff writer Rachael Rettner on Twitter @RachaelRettner. Like us on Facebook. Lose Weight Smartly: 7 Little-Known Tricks That Shave Pounds 6 Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits as well as Vegetables 11 Surprising Things That Can Make Us Gain Weight


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