There’s an idea around that you can be “healthily obese“. It seems a paradox that overweight people can be healthy but when measured on metabolic risk factors such as body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose or insulin resistance there are some people who are obese but have none of these risk factors, hence the term healthily obese.
Researchers at the Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London tracked around 2,500 adults for 20 years measuring these risk factors. During that period 51% became unhealthy, 11% actually lost weight and became healthy and the remaining 38% stayed healthily obese.
Healthily obese adults run more risk of developing cardiovascular disease than healthy normal weight adults and the risk is even greater for those who are unhealthily obese.
The study was published online by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Healthy obesity is only a relative state of health not quite as bad as unhealthy obesity. But obesity is still bad for you in the long run.