LONGEVITY FAVOURS SLIM BUT LAZY OVER FAT BUT FIT: SWEDISH RESEARCH

Dec 21, 2015

By Jane Brown

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Apparently it’s better to be slim and lazy than fat but fit.

Swedish scientists say they’ve destroyed the myth that you can be overweight but physically fit, as research shows that fat but regular exercisers are likely to die early before slim and unfit people.

A study of 1.3 million men determined that obese people with high levels of aerobic fitness were 30 percent more likely to die prematurely, compared with those who were slim but did little exercise.

The researchers tracked the men for 30 years before coming to the conclusion that being the right weight is the most important factor for long term health.

“Unfit normal-weight individuals had a 30 percent lower risk of (early) death from any cause than did fit obese individuals,” Prof. Peter Nordstrom, of Umea University in Sweden, said.

Statistics Canada figures released in June found that nearly 62 percent of Canadian men were obese or overweight in 2014, compared with 46 percent of women.

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