In an article posted this week in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Alejandro Lucia – professor of exercise physiology at the European University of Madrid concluded: “Our findings refute the notion that a physically active lifestyle can completely negate the deleterious effects of overweight and obesity.”
Obese and active participants were had double the likelihood of high cholesterol, were four times as likely to have diabetes and five times as likely to have high blood pressure when compared to normal weight but inactive participants.
“Exercise does not seem to compensate for the negative effects of excess weight,” Lucia said. “This finding was also observed overall in both men and women when they were analysed separately.”
Of course, overweight but active is a step in the right direction, but to really reduce incidence of chronic disease, it’s just as important to get weight into a healthy range as well
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