It is OK to be fat – so long as you are fit, according to a study. How many inches you measure round your waist may matter less than how often you visit the gym or play football.
Rising obesity is one of the world’s greatest health challenges but it may be that fatness is the wrong target for concern and fitness is what really counts.
Researchers have found that up to half of people who are defined as “obese” are in fact fit and healthy and at no greater risk of becoming ill or dying prematurely than normal weight individuals.
The finding will reassure sportsmen and women who find themselves carrying a few extra pounds while maintaining a high level of performance on the field.
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