The concept of being ‘fat but fit’ is wrong, according to a study examined by United Press International. While it is possible for overweight people to have normal levels of blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure, the additional fat significantly increases the risk of heart disease. Even considering lifestyle factors, the study of over 17,000 people in 10 different countries strongly indicated that extra weight could result in heart problems. People that were overweight but considered to be healthy still had an at least 25% higher chance of contracting heart disease. Carrying around extra weight simply isn't healthy.
Judging an individual’s health by how fat they are or their BMI is flawed and not actually reflective of their wellbeing, asserts Sarah Cremen of The 42. The latter particularly makes a simple equation based on weight and height, which completely ignores body composition, such as how muscular a person is or where their fat is stored. Fat that is visible to us doesn’t necessarily reflect poor health. Visceral fat, which is stored near organs like the liver, kidneys and pancreas is less visible and far more dangerous. It contributes to factors such as higher cholesterol and blood pressure. Being less fat doesn't mean someone is healthier.