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TODAY   |  December 03, 2013

Study: No, you can’t be both hefty and healthy

A new study says that “healthy obesity” is a myth. The Canadian study disputes recent claims that obese people can be healthy if their cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar are at normal levels.

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>>> one that's been in the headlines over the last year. have you guys heard the theory called healthy obesity? yes it's possible for someone to be significantly overweight but in otherwise good health. the theory gained traction in recent years and some people even called themselves fat but thin. now scientists are weighing in with their verdict. they say it is false. there's so much thing as being healthy obese. in a new study researchers found it takes about 10 years for common health risks like heart disease and diabetes to appear. i think they want to kind of put an end to this about people saying i'm obese but in other ways i'm healthy.

>> they say but my cholesterol is down.

>> right. i also had major joint problems and it was only a matter of time.

>> when you're huffing and puffing going up the stairs, you're not healthy and fit.