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Healthy Obesity a Myth

Proponents of the "obesity paradox" have argued that obesity might improve some people’s chances of survival over illnesses such as heart failure. But research tracking the health of more than 2,500 British men and women for two decades found that half the people initially considered "healthy obese" wound up sliding into poor health as years passed. The obesity paradox springs from research involving people who are overweight, but do not suffer from obesity-related problems such as high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and elevated blood sugar. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Jan 2015