The Fat & Fit Myth BUSTED

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Think you can make up for those few extra pounds by going to the gym regularly? Think again! Experts have shown that being “fit” does nothing for your health if you are still overweight.

A Swedish study looked at more than 1.3 million men over the course of 29 years and found that exercise alone really won’t get you far. Researchers looked at the men’s health records to see how many had died from illnesses like cancer and heart diseases.

When comparing only men at a healthy weight, those who were fit were far less likely to die than those who didn’t exercise. When looking at the overweight and obese men, they found no real difference in health between exercisers and non-exercisers. Inactive men who weren’t overweight were 30% less likely to die than men who exercised but were overweight.

“Unfit normal-weight individuals had a 30 per cent lower risk of death from any cause than fit obese individuals,” Lead researcher Professor Nordstrom said. “Low aerobic fitness in late adolescence is associated with an increased risk of early death. Furthermore, the risk of early death was higher in fit obese individuals than unfit normal weight individuals.”

‘These results suggest that low BMI early in life is more important than high physical fitness, with regard to reducing the risk of early death.’ he added.