I get asked this question on a regular basis from my clients – “Can a person be fit and still be considered fat?” Great question with no easy answer.
This 2012 article from TIME magazine is a great article about this exact question.
The researchers examined data on 43,265 participants enrolled in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study between 1979 and 2003.
What were the takeaways:
- Those who were fat but fit had no higher death risk than metabolically healthy normal weight participants
- Someone who is fit is metabolically going to be far better off than someone who is unfit
- Doctors and public health experts: get more exercise — whether you’re thin or fat
- “You are still more likely to develop other metabolic risk factors that contribute to chronic disease if you’re overweight.”