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Obese People Can Still be Metabolically Healthy

A large subset of people can be overweight yet remain but metabolically healthy and fit, with no greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer than normal weight people, according to new research.

The study – published in the European Heart Journal – is the largest ever to have investigated this seeming paradox, say the researchers, who analysed data from over 43,000 US participants. The striking result: being overweight does not per se carry such a large health risk – with almost half of all obese people classed as ‘metabolically healthy’ and having no greater risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer than normal weight people.

Led by Dr Francisco Ortega of the University of Granada, Spain and the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, the new study instead reveals the large subset of obese people who are metabolically healthy – meaning they do they don’t suffer from conditions like insulin resistance, diabetes and high cholesterol or blood pressure – and who have a higher level of fitness than other obese (and even non-obese) people.

The researchers said that for these people, being overweight does not seem to have a detrimental effect on health, leading to what is known as the ‘obesity paradox’.

“It is well known that obesity is linked to a large number of chronic disease such as cardiovascular problems and cancer,” explained Ortega. “However, there appears to be a sub-set of obese people who seem to be protected from obesity-related metabolic complications.”

The lead researcher explained that until now it had had not been known whether, or how much, people who are healthy and fit yet obese are at risk of obesity related diseases.

“Our study suggests that metabolically healthy but obese people have a better fitness level than the rest of obese individuals,” said Ortega who noted that there are two ‘major findings’ to take out of the study:

“Firstly, a better cardio-respiratory fitness level should be considered from now on as a characteristic of this subset of metabolically healthy obese people. Secondly, once fitness is accounted for, our study shows for the first time that metabolically healthy but obese individuals have similar prognosis as metabolically healthy normal-weight individuals, and a better prognosis than their obese peers with an abnormal metabolic profile.”

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Risotto with Assorted Mushrooms


3 cups Arborio rice
8 cups mushroom stock
3 cups dry white wine
3 tbsp vegetable oil
6 cups assorted mushroom, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1½ cup finely chopped garlic
1 bay leave
1½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Salt and pepper


  1. Mix stock and white wine together and bring to a boil.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a fry pan and cook mushroom on medium-high heat until tender.
  3. Sweat onion, garlic and bay leaf in a wide pot with olive oil. When onions are golden brown, add rice and stir.
  4. Add 1/2 cup boiling stock and white wine mixture to the rice and stir constantly until the moisture is absorbed. Repeat this step until all boiling liquid had been added to the rice, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in cheese, butter, and cooked mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Canadian magazine

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