does a body good, but new research suggests it does less good
for obese bodies.
scientists launched a massive study to try and find out whether
being highly fit can mitigate the risk of early death that comes
findings, published recently in the International Journal of
Epidemiology, dispel the idea that people can be "fat but
words, weight matters.
Of the 1.3
million young men who participated in the study, the ones who
were not fit but weighed a normal amount still were less likely
to die over the next few decades than the fittest obese men.
researchers focused on aerobic fitness, using a cycle test to
measure their fitness levels. Obesity was defined using body
to the World Health Organization, the higher the BMI, the
greater the risk of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
aerobic fitness in late adolescence is associated with an
increased risk of early death," the authors wrote.
"The risk of early death was higher in fit obese
individuals than in unfit normal-weight individuals."