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Weight management: Can you be overweight and still be fit?
We all have heard many times that being fit is more important than looking slim. Does that mean overweight people can also be fit? Read ahead to know.
It’s an old notion, if you are slim you are healthy and if you are overweight, you are unhealthy. But is that really true? Can your weight really tell how fit you are? Certainly not.
Before we move to the topic of being overweight and still being fit, let’s first understand about body mass index.
Body Mass Index, also called BMI is the ratio of height to weight, which tells if you are at a healthy body weight. BMI can tell if you are overweight or not. But it does not take into account if you are muscular or short or elderly.
Waist circumference along with BMI can help you find out the risk for obesity-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Is it possible to be overweight and still be healthy?
As per a report published by the National Institutes of Health in 1998, people who are overweight can be considered healthy, if their waist size is less than 35 inches for women and 40 inches for men, in case they do not suffer from conditions like high sugar levels, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
As per experts, you can be overweight and still be fit as a lot of people have higher muscle mass as compared to the fat percentage, thus, they weigh more. And a lot of thin people might have low muscle mass and high visceral fat, which is extremely unhealthy and can increase the risk of heart disease.
How fit you are is always more important than how much you weigh, until you are obese. One must try and move as much as one can. This will not just help you burn calories but also prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and many other conditions.
Healthy and balanced eating along with regular exercise is important for losing weight. BMI changes won’t happen drastically. Just 5-10 per cent loss of body weight is linked to improved cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels, says the study led by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.