Creating a free account will enable you to subscribe to our daily and weekly email newsletters, as well as customize your reading experience to show only the categories most relevant to you.
Signing up only take a few minutes, so why not give it a try and see what you've been missing out on.
The global recognition of "metabolically healthy obesity" is on the rise. Research has revealed that there are a number of obese people who live without the increased risk of health complications that are typically associated with obesity.
Surprisingly, people with "metabolically healthy obesity" are not at the higher risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or other conditions that most obese people are.
According to the The Advisory Board Company, approximately 35% of obese individuals remain metabolically healthy.
A report, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, stated that identifying metabolically obese patients could help find appropriate and cost-effective forms of treatment.
However, experts are still slightly mystified as to why some people with obesity are not at the same heightened health risks as others.
There is currently no criteria for identifying metabolically healthy obesity but the authors of the study highlighted some possible factors, such as:
In addition, one study, published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, revealed that a favorable inflammatory status is associated with better metabolic health among obese people.
More research is necessary to fully understand the concept. Creating a clearer definition of metabolically healthy obesity would help single out obese people at the highest risk of health complications. This would also better target who should receive pricey weight loss interventions, such as bariatric surgery.
Further research could also help drive the development of drugs that protect against illnesses that obese people commonly suffer from.
A few animal studies suggest that there are proteins in the body that have properties protecting the body from the harmful effects of obesity, although more research is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of these mechanisms in humans.
The lead authors of the study, Professor Matthias Schulze, of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Nuthetal, and Professor Norbert Stefan, of the University of Tübingen, Germany, said:
"The health consequences of obesity are well documented. In particular, the worldwide increase in the incidence of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer is thought to be largely attributed to the obesity epidemic.Therefore, prevention and treatment of obesity to reduce risk of chronic diseases at the population and individual level is crucial."
"In view of the magnitude of the obesity epidemic, stratification of obese individuals, in terms of their risk for obesity-related metabolic diseases, becomes more important for prevention and treatment purposes. Potentially, scarce resources can be more effectively used if tailored towards the metabolic profile of an obese individual; some prevention and treatment strategies can be very expensive and time consuming."
"At the moment, the public health relevance of metabolically healthy obesity is unclear, because of uncertainties about its definition and clinical applications. However, developing standard criteria to define metabolically healthy obesity, and gaining a deeper understanding of the biological mechanisms behind it, would potentially remove these barriers, and could lead to improved targeting of treatment. However, this doesn't rule out the possibility that reasons other than metabolic risk might drive treatment decision for obese persons, and nor does it question that prevention of obesity should be widely promoted"Written by Joseph Nordqvist
Copyright: Medical News Today
Not to be reproduced without the permission of Medical News Today.
Authors - Norbert Stefan, Hans-Ulrich Häring, Frank B Hu, Matthias B Schulze
Visit our Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness category page for the latest news on this subject.
Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:
Nordqvist, Joseph. "What is metabolically healthy obesity?." Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 3 Sep. 2013. Web.
7 Dec. 2013. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265405>
Nordqvist, J. (2013, September 3). "What is metabolically healthy obesity?." Medical News Today. Retrieved from
Please note: If no author information is provided, the source is cited instead.
If you write about specific medications, operations, or procedures please do not name healthcare professionals by name.
For any corrections of factual information, or to contact the our editorial team, please use our feedback form. Please send any medical news or health news press releases to:
Note: Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice and you should not take any action before consulting with a health care professional. For more information, please read our terms and conditions.
This page was printed from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265405.php
Visit www.medicalnewstoday.com for medical news and health news headlines posted throughout the day, every day.
© 2004-2013 All rights reserved. MNT (logo) is the registered trade mark of MediLexicon International Limited.