New research has discovered it’s not possible to be overweight and healthy.
The study by the University of Birmingham found that even ‘metabolically healthy’ people with excess weight are still at a higher risk of health problems than those in the normal weight range.
These include an increased likelihood of heart disease and stroke.
The researchers looked at 3.5 million adults in the UK over two decades.
They found that compared to those of normal weight, any adult who was overweight had a 50 per cent increased risk of coronary heart disease, a seven per cent increased risk of a stroke and a doubled risk of heart failure.
Previous research has indicated that metabolically healthy obese people do not have the complications that are normally associated with obesity such as high blood pressure, diabetes or poor blood sugar control.
This is despite having a BMI of more than 30 kg/m2.
Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, lead researcher from the University of Birmingham, said: “Metabolically healthy obese individuals are at higher risk of coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and heart failure than normal weight metabolically healthy individuals.
“The priority of health professionals should be to promote and facilitate weight loss among obese persons, regardless of the presence or absence of metabolic abnormalities.”
The researchers are calling for the term ‘metabolically healthy obesity’ to be changed since it doesn’t come without harm.
However, a past study by Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam published earlier this year believed that obesity doesn’t atomically lead to poor health.
They found that exercise reduces the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke, regardless of someone’s body mass index (BMI).
But they also discovered that if people were both overweight and inactive, they were a third more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke
Being overweight is defined as having a BMI of between 25 to 29.9.
If you’re obese, you have a BMI of 30 to 39.9.
Being above that means you’re severely obese, according to the NHS.
Everyday problems related to obesity include snoring, increased sweating and breathlessness.