- A new study revealed that obesity is not a singular condition: there are, in fact, metabolically healthy obese people versus classically known unhealthy variety.
- Those with ‘healthy’ obesity have normal metabolisms, cholesterol, blood pressure, and low diabetes risk. They also keep all excess fat underneath the skin, as opposed to pushing fat to organs where they don’t belong (a symptom of unhealthy obesity called ectopic fat accumulation).
- About 1/3 of obese people in the world are actually the healthy variety.
- Men and women are even in numbers, but a person was more likely to be healthy obese the younger they were.
- The term ‘healthy obese people’ seems like an oxymoron. Yet it is real: their fat stays directly underneath the skin, and has virtually no affect on their internal processes like we think. A healthy obese person has significantly easier time getting out of the condition, as their cells and mitochondria work normally and respond to increased activity/diet.
- Unhealthy obesity has major problems: mitochondria start malfunctioning, cells swell, and fat gets placed in organs which shouldn’t have it. This is known to be a major cause of diabetes development, as well as huge strain on the body.
- Verdict: Study is being devoted now into what differentiates a healthy obese individual from unhealthy. Anti-inflammatory drugs have been seen to protect metabolism, and on the opposite side, foods that cause high blood sugar spikes such as white wheat and heavy alcohol consumption have been connected to the unhealthy path. If you suffer from obesity of any kind, keep up to date on research in this area in the near future.
Source: New York Times