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Study busts myth of “metabolically healthy” obesity

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 06 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7324
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Obese people are at a greater risk of death and cardiovascular events even without metabolic abnormalities than people in the normal weight range, warns a study that questions the belief that it’s possible to be healthy despite being seriously overweight.1

The systematic review and meta-analysis included observational studies published between 1950 and 2013 that evaluated mortality from all causes or cardiovascular events by body mass index and metabolic status, defined by components of the metabolic syndrome such as glucose tolerance and …

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