May 01, 2014

Dispelling the myth of ‘healthy obesity’

A group of friends drinkingObese 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 future.

“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.”