A new report questions the idea that you can be “fat but fit”.
Researchers studied the records of 1,317,713 Swedish men conscripted for mandatory military service from 1969 to 1996. All had their fitness tested objectively by cycling to exhaustion.
Over the next 29 years,men in the highest one-fifth for fitness in adolescence had a 51 percent reduced risk of dying prematurely compared with those in the lowest fifth. But normal weightnen,no matter what their level of fitness,were at 30 to 48 percent lower risk of premature death than obese men in the highest over quarter for fitness. The study is in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
The authors suggest that earlier studies that found that being overweight have evaluated older people or were of self-selected groups. Subjects of the present study had an average age of 18 and were representative of the overall male population. See more…