(Mirror Daily, United States) – The myth has been debunked, and researchers confirmed that “fat but fit” is still worse than slim and unfit in regards to early death. There have been a few researches that assured obese people who exercise that their regular workout reduced the consequences of their high BMI. However, it was found not to be true.
Researchers from Umea University conducted one of the largest study of its kind. They studied over 1.3 million men for 30 years in total, all who started at the median age of 29 years old. The participants were asked to cycle until they reached fatigue in order to test their aerobic fitness. This way, they were able to test most than just the BMI and it’s well known risks.
Studies have been informing the population well enough of the risk of low aerobic fitness. However, it appears that high aerobic fitness mixed with obesity is not actually better. In fact, there were virtually no benefits in comparison to normal weight participants. The benefits of high fitness were reduced by obesity to almost zero.
The team of researchers found that unfit, normal weight people had a 30% lower chance of early death than obese but fit people, according to lead author of the study, professor Peter Nordstrom. This disputed the idea and shattered the illusion that exercise could compensate for the detrimental effects of being obese. In regards to early death, a normal BMI is more important than aerobic fitness.
Men who were obese but with a high level of aerobic fitness still fared better than obese men who were also unfit. However, they were still at higher risk of early death than slim men with lower aerobic fitness. This essentially means that losing the extra pounds is certainly the best life choice possible to eliminate the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and several other conditions.
Overall, the study also uncovered the expected results that fit men reaped the biggest benefits. They were 48% less likely to see an early death, had 45% lower chances of dying due to heart problems, 59% lower chances of committing suicide, and an 80% decreased risk of dying from alcohol or drug abuse.
The study was successful in eliminating the myth that staying fit and obese will essentially lower the common risks of the latter condition. Lowering the BMI is more important to long-term health benefits, and it should be the first priority. This also means that a regiment should include both exercise and diet.
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