Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Do You Have To Be Thin To Be Healthy?

You know that obesity contributes to a long list of health problems.  But do you have to be thin to be healthy?  Research says no.  A number of studies show it is possible to be both fat and fit.  Regular exercise can reduce the health risks of being overweight.  Studies show men who are overweight and fit seem to live longer than men who are thin and unfit.  Women who are heavy and physically active have less risk of heart disease than women who are overweight and sedentary.  What constitutes fit?  You're considered fit if you can walk 30 to 60 minutes without stopping, can climb 2 flights of stairs without becoming winded, or can do moderate aerobic activity such as a brisk walk or jog.

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