Scientists just LOVE confusing people, don't they?
A new study is challenging "the idea that all obese individuals need to lose weight" after finding that thousands of Americans packing extra weight are just as likely to live as long as those without it.
Researchers at York University in Toronto examined 6,000 obese Americans over 16 years and determined those with no other health problems had a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular causes than 23,000 slimmer Americans.
The study's lead author, Dr. Jennifer Kuk, said:
"Our findings challenge the idea that all obese individuals need to lose weight. Moreover, it's possible that trying — and failing — to lose weight may be more detrimental than simply staying at an elevated body weight and engaging in a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity and a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables."
We THINK what they are trying to say is that a healthy lifestyle is more important than a slimmer waistline!
However, we don't want the mixed message to be interpreted as weight does not matter. Study after study has shown that obesity and other factors associated with excessive weight can contribute to a variety of ailments ranging from heart disease to alzheimer's disease!
There has also been research suggesting that skinnier people may be at risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular illnesses because their appearance does not give any warning flags to get regular medical check-ups.
It's important to focus on the healthy aspects of eating right and exercising regularly instead of obsessing over the number you see on the scale! Although visual results may take time, fitness or dieting experts will tell you again and again that all of your efforts ARE paying off in the long run!
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