From reuters.com Health News, Carolyn Crist reports that even without high blood pressure or other signs of illness, obese adults have a much higher risk of developing heart disease than normal-weight peers, according to a study from Denmark.
“People have a general understanding now that it is not unhealthy to be overweight or obese as long as your lifestyle is relatively healthy,” said senior study author Kristine Faerch of the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen.
Adding, “But overweight and obesity is associated with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Maintaining a healthy weight through life is important to lower risk.” Bell’s team found that during two decades of aging, physical function declined two times more and body pain increased six times more in so-called healthy obese adults compared to normal-weight adults. “This will become increasingly important as more people live with obesity for longer as we get better at controlling heart disease,” Bell said.