Is it possible to be obese and healthy? While the obesity epidemic gets a lot of press, a new study is shedding light on what's really important when it comes to being healthy: fitness. Published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, the new study found that obese people who are otherwise healthy live just as long as their slim counterparts, and are less likely to die of cardiovascular causes.
Furthermore, the study found that yo-yo- dieting— where someone goes on and off a strict diet — can actually be worse for someone's health than simply staying at a higher body weight and living a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and a balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables. The obesity study looked at 6,000 obese Americans over a 16-year span, comparing their mortality risk with that of lean individuals.
Although more obesity research is needed, this is pretty interesting information! It's also more proof that, at the end of the day, taking care of yourself both inside and out with regular physical exercise and a healthy diet should be the focus —not a number on the scale.
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites Fitbottomedgirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.