The Obesity Paradox

April 26, 2011 by  
Filed under A Healthy Body

Is there a direct association between obesity and ill health?  A number of studies have found a direct association between higher body mass index (BMI) and the risk of diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems.

Why, then, is it that some people are obese but healthy and happy. It leads to an obvious question: “If you are fat but healthy, should you bother about losing weight at all?”

There are several interesting paradoxes about obesity. Let’s have a look at the most well-known of these. Studies originating from the Winston-Salem State University of North Carolina confirm the existence of these paradoxes and look at the reasons why some people are clinically obese but do not attract obesity-related diseases. The study found that 25-30% of obese people present normal blood glucose and normal blood lipids. Here are the reasons why this is so. Read more