‘Healthy Obesity’ : Is There Such A Thing!? Really?

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.

Source:

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

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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