Surely not, it’s got to be the oxymoron to top all oxymora, especially seeing how obesity has recently been labelled a disease for many, and what disease do you know of that's ‘healthy’? Be it out of ignorance or for political correctness, people have argued that being obese doesn’t necessarily mean that you are unhealthy, or have greater health risks. The answer to this is still relatively uncertain and contentious, but a recent study published in Annals of Internal Medicine looking at previous studies on 60,000 people, found ‘healthy obesity’ may be wishful thinking.
The findings showed there to be no ‘healthy’ correlation of increased weight and heart health when monitored over 10 years. So it seems that people can be living with obesity and maintain relative acute health, but the problems arise chronically, so later on in life. Therefore professing that one can be healthy and obese does indeed seem to be somewhat of an oxymoron, and oxymoron that should be quashed. Instead, in many health experts opinion, obese individuals should utilise the expert advice of Dietitians and nutrition experts in order to tailor their diet and training regime to optimise fat loss. Granted, many non-obese people aren’t healthy, but the label ‘healthy obesity’ is one that needs to be dropped, it’s misleading and ignorant and has no place in modern society.
Briggs, H. (2013). BBC News Health. ‘Healthy and overweight’ is a myth, study suggests. Retrieved 4th November, 2013, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25118857