Is it possible to be slightly overweight but still be healthy?

Many people who are considered to be overweight or even obese are supposedly healthy, because they are not suffering from any inconvenient health issues such as hypertension, elevated cholesterol, diabetes and much more.

This type of obesity is called “metabolically healthy”, because their metabolic levels are within limits, such as their blood sugar, lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides) and blood pressure.

However, a scientific team decided to study this statement to see the veracity of it. In this study, a team of three from the Birmingham University examined five million British patients for over twenty years. They discovered that those who were overweight had a fifty percent higher risk of heart diseases than those with a normal weight.

Also, it was discovered that they had a seven percent higher risk of suffering from cerebrovascular diseases, being overweight could lead to clots or air bubbles in the brain, leading to hemorrhagic stokes or transient ischemic attacks.


In some occasions, this so-called “good-health” has a genetic factor in their favor, as it protected them from the previously mentioned aliments. But it has been proven that having a certain percentage of fat, places them in prime danger for many chronic non-contagious diseases, especially when the accumulated fat is found in the abdomen area.

At the same time, we need to take into consideration other factors that can be damaging for the health when overweight, such as having a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and stress. Even if performed for a short time or a longer period, these factors can provoke acute clinical illnesses such as heart attacks or strokes, leaving them with chronic health problems. Many of these people had no family background of these types of aliments or high biochemical levels in their blood. If the person is overweight, having a setback like this will take them a longer time to recuperate than somebody with a normal weight.

Being overweight or obese is not healthy, even if the person doesn’t have any clinical health problems. With time, they will have serious chronic health concerns and many of them don’t have a cure.

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