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Status:Closed    Asked:Jan 14, 2014 - 08:06 AM

Is it possible to be overweight and healthy? I am 5'5 and weigh 184lbs but I have a very fast metabolism.

I do not currently eat healthy, but am planning on changing that really soon. The only bad thing about my weight right now is that I have a pudgy belly and my knees are a bit bad, but other than that, I love the way I look.

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Let’s begin with your BMI, your body mass index. Your BMI is 30.6, indicating your weight is in the obese category for adults of your height. For your height, a normal weight range would be from 111 to 150 pounds. BMI is considered to be a fairly reliable indicator of body fat for most adults. Overweight is between 25.0 – 29.9, and obese is 30.0 and above.

No level or pattern of obesity is healthy . Researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, found that those subjects who had above normal levels of BMI but were free of abnormal cholesterol or hypertension, still had higher risks of dying from heart disease or any other cause over a 10 year period than those metabolically healthy subjects who had normal range BMI scores. Being obese impacts many factors of health beyond metabolic measures, including hormones and growth factors.

Metabolically healthy obesity is rare, and if it does exist, it is not a permanent state. Factors such as age, lack of exercise and other lifestyle changes, including continued weight gain, can move the needle to an unhealthy metabolic state including hypertension, diabetes or high cholesterol levels.

Foundations of optimal health include such elements as healthy thinking, eating, weight and waist size, an active lifestyle that includes cardiorespiratory and resistance training, recuperative sleep, and a system of healthy communal support.


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