May 01, 2014
Dispelling the myth of ‘healthy obesity’
Obese people with no signs of cardiovascular disease still
show a much higher prevalence of early plaque build-up in their
arteries, according to research.
Researchers looked at over 14,000 healthy
Korean adults aged between 30 and 59 years old.
Those who were obese had a much higher prevalence of
subclinical coronary atherosclerosis, or early-stage plaque
build-up in the arteries, than their normal weight counterparts.
This atherosclerosis, if not managed, can lead to heart attack and sudden cardiac death, among
other cardiovascular conditions.
You can take control of your weight and help protect your heart
Our Senior Cardiac
Nurse, Amy Thompson, said: “This research reiterates that obesity
is a global problem and that being overweight
or obese can endanger your heart, no
matter how healthy you feel.
“Even if you have no other heart disease risk
factors, such as high blood pressure or
high cholesterol, being overweight or
obese can put you on a path to developing serious problems in the
“By making changes now, you can take control
of your weight and help protect your heart. Make sure you eat a
healthy, balanced diet and get plenty of
physical activity. If you are struggling
to lose weight and would like some support, make an appointment to
see your GP or practice nurse.”