According to Swedish researchers, the idea that you can be Fat and Fit is 100% false.
In this study, it was found that obese men with a high level of aerobic fitness are more likely to die than normal weight men with below average levels of aerobic fitness.
Looking at a group of 1,317,713 Swedish men with a median age of 29, researchers investigated the association between aerobic fitness, obesity and death.
Here’s what they found…
- Men in the top 20% of aerobic health had a 48% lower risk of death from any cause as compared to the bottom 20%.
In regard to the “fit and fat” hypothesis, the researchers found that men of a normal weight, regardless of their fitness level, were at a lower risk of death compared to obese men who were in the top 25% of aerobic fitness.
In fact, the men with extreme levels of obesity lost all of the benefits associated with aerobic fitness.
What does this mean to you?
- Fat and fit is a myth.
- While this study focused on men, it would be foolish to believe that overweight women are somehow different.
- Going for a run after eating a whole pizza is not a solution.
- Obesity is a killer.
- International Journal of Epidemiology – abstract only
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