Carry a little extra weight around the hips and thighs? This study says that may be a good thing.
Individuals who are in a normal weight range and have extra weight around their hips and thighs may be healthier than their leaner counterparts. New research published in the Journal of Cell Metabolism has shown that just because you’re lean doesn’t mean you’re healthy.
A recent study compared those in a normal weight range with extra weight around their hips and thighs to those with a normal weight range but who carry extra weight on other areas of their body as well as to those considered ‘lean.’
The study found that those with extra fat around their hips and thighs were at a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes compared to those in the other two groups.
The researchers believe this is due to the way in which individuals carry excess fat. Excess fat around the midsection has long been known to be the most dangerous area to store fat. It is linked to higher risk of obesity-related illnesses as well as other diseases.
Although these lean individuals who are storing excess fat in the midsection are considered in a healthy BMI (body mass index) range, they are not in healthy metabolic range.
These individuals are considered ‘metabolically unhealthy’ and are at a higher risk of early death. In fact, they are 300% more likely to develop heart problems and early death. Obese individuals are only at a 25% higher risk comparatively.
The take home:
Just because an individual is lean, does NOT mean they’re healthy. As this study shows, lean individuals are at a considerably higher risk for disease and death.
Make your health a priority despite your body composition. When it comes to overall health, its what’s on the inside that counts. Prioritize a healthy diet and physical activity.