1/3 Unhealthy After 5 Years
"Healthy obesity" may be a misnomer, or at least a merely temporary condition, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology which reported that obese individuals with no multiple risks of metabolic disorder are likely to develop such risks over time. Specifically, a 20-year study of over 2,500 British government workers found that, of those who were obese but with no metabolic risk factors at the study's outset, nearly a third, 32 percent, had developed multiple risks just five years later. After ten years, 41 percent had become risk positive, and over half, at 54 percent, after twenty years. Those who were "healthy obese" at the start were eight times more likely to become unhealthy over that period than those who were not obese when the study began.