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Fitness Is More Protective for Normal Weight People

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  • Normal-weight men of any fitness level had an up to 48 percent lower risk of premature death than the fittest obese men
  • The risk of early death was higher in fit obese individuals than in unfit normal-weight individuals
  • Past research found everyone benefited from even a modest increase in physical activity, regardless of whether they were normal weight, overweight or obese

By Dr. Mercola

Can you be fat but fit? To some extent, yes. However, new research suggests even the fittest obese person may still die sooner than an unfit person of normal weight. The results came after researchers from Umea University analyzed health and fitness records of more than 1.3 million men.


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