New study: Weight matters, even if you're fit

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Can someone be fat, but fit?

In other words, if you are overweight, but otherwise healthy – for example, your blood pressure and blood profile are good – is that OK?

Some believe you are, but a new and very large study in the European Heart Journal provides more evidence that weight does matter.

"They looked at this topic in detail and they found that people who were fat but fit were not as healthy. They didn't live as long. They had more cardiovascular problems than those people who were not fat and fit,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.

If you are overweight and fit, that's certainly a lot better than being overweight and not fit, but it's certainly not as good as being normal weight and fit, Dr. Swartzberg said.

It's not completely understood why people who are overweight are at increased risk for a variety of cancers and heart disease. Some medical experts believe those extra pounds increase inflammation in the body which may contribute to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Whatever the mechanism, the link is clearly established.

The takeaway from this study: A normal body weight is the goal for all of us.

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