It is not possible to be fat and fit at the same time, French experts have concluded

It is not possible to be fat and fit at the same time, French experts have concluded.

A study of 3million people found even volunteers who were obese but ‘metabolically healthy’ still had a much higher chance of suffering heart problems.  

Obese people with normal blood pressure and who were not diabetic were still at a 34 per cent increased risk of heart failure and a similar risk of an irregular heart beat.

Lead author Dr Laurent Fauchier, a cardiologist at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Trousseau, said the idea that people can be ‘fat but fit’ was ‘simply untrue’.

Last week, an American study found that people simply need how to bring blood sugar down fast if over 250 focus on exercise rather than dieting to live longer.

It is possible to be ‘fat but fit’ – people simply need to focus on exercise rather than dieting to live longer, experts now claim (stock image)

The latest French research was presented to the European Association for the Study of Diabetes.

It looked at the medical records of around 2.9million adults, of whom about one in 10 were obese.

All participants had been admitted to French hospitals in 2013 and had not had any major cardiovascular issues in the past, including a heart attack or stroke. They were monitored for five years.  

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Dr Fauchier said: ‘This new and best available evidence tells us that on a population level, the idea that large numbers of people can be obese but metabolically healthy is simply untrue.’

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