The “healthy obese per­son” is real­ly just a tick­ing time bomb.

The con­se­quences of being over­weight are more seri­ous than you might think.

Causes of excess weight

  • Phys­i­cal inac­tiv­i­ty (low phys­i­cal activ­i­ty)

Seden­tary work, ele­va­tors, acces­si­bil­i­ty to trans­port: all this affects phys­i­cal activ­i­ty and, unfor­tu­nate­ly, not in our favor.

  • Refined foods in the diet

The hyper-avail­abil­i­ty of refined prod­ucts also plays a cru­el joke. Arti­fi­cial­ly processed foods are:

  1. low bio­log­i­cal val­ue,
  2. calo­rie con­tent
  3. low pro­tein and fiber
  4. lots of sat­u­rat­ed fats and car­bo­hy­drates.
  • Excess calo­ries

Due to snack­ing on the run, our body receives an excess of calo­ries instead of a suf­fi­cient amount of healthy macro- and micronu­tri­ents. The body often does not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to spend these calo­ries and stores them in the form of fat deposits.

How does excess weight affect your health?

When health is not a pri­or­i­ty, we deprive our­selves of the prospect of liv­ing hap­pi­ly ever after, and we become a poten­tial tar­get for dan­ger­ous symp­toms that can lead to seri­ous ill­ness­es.

Thanks to the devel­op­ment of social net­works and the Inter­net in gen­er­al, more and more peo­ple are think­ing about fit­ness. Com­pe­tent exer­cise devel­ops mus­cle mass, mak­ing the body slim and fit.

What do developed muscles give?

Devel­oped mus­cle mass, in turn:

  • pro­tects against dia­betes as it improves insulin sen­si­tiv­i­ty;
  • increas­es the chances of sur­viv­ing can­cer, while a high per­cent­age of fat reduces these chances;
  • affects life expectan­cy; pro­tects against age-relat­ed meta­bol­ic dete­ri­o­ra­tion.

As for excess adi­pose tis­sue, espe­cial­ly vis­cer­al fat, it neg­a­tive­ly affects all body sys­tems. By get­ting rid of excess fat, we pro­tect our­selves from dia­betes, reduce the lev­el of chron­ic inflam­ma­tion and cor­rect hor­mon­al bal­ance.

The Metabolically Healthy Overweight Theory

There is an opin­ion that peo­ple can be over­weight and still be healthy. More often we are talk­ing about the the­o­ry of “meta­bol­i­cal­ly healthy excess weight”. You should not be under the illu­sion that just because a per­son appears healthy at a giv­en point in time, this does not exclude the pres­ence of sig­nif­i­cant sub­clin­i­cal prob­lems.

“Healthy over­weight peo­ple” are still at high­er risk of devel­op­ing meta­bol­ic dis­eases than lean or lean peo­ple with active­ly exer­cis­ing mus­cles. It turns out that a “healthy obese per­son” is actu­al­ly just a tick­ing time bomb.