Black Like Moi reports:
According to a new study, physical fitness is a better indication of health than BMI. Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association published the ground-breaking study which observed 14,000 men and women over a six year period. The findings were at the very least, surprising:
Men and women who were overweight with higher physical fitness levels, still had a 19% lower risk of heart disease and stroke related deaths and a 15% lower risk of death from any other cause. Men and women who were in the normal weight range, but less physically fit, were more likely to face death.
Lead researcher, Duck-chul Lee, Ph.D., says this is a very good development for those people who become depressed or lose momentum in their weight-loss programs when the pounds just don’t seem to fall off. “This is good news for people who are physically active but can’t seem to lose weight,” said Lee. “You can worry less about your weight as long as you continue to maintain or increase your fitness levels.”
Weigh in YBWoman? Do you believe this study? Do you think being overweight is healthier than being a thin couch potato?