Are You FAT But FiT?

August 4, 2007

3283079462.jpgYou maybe Fat but Fit and as a result your risk to develop heart disease is actually lower than your counterpart who Fat and Unfit!  This according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Mediciane, July issue. 

Below is the summary of the study as published in


Arsenault et al studied 169 asymptomatic men with diabetes mellitus who were participating in the Quebec Family Study, a population-based study of French Canadian families living in and around Quebec. They measured abdominal adipose tissue accumulation, cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), and indexes of plasma glucose-insulin homeostasis and lipoprotein-lipid profiles.  

After matching individuals with similar BMIs, men with low CRF were characterized by more visceral adipose tissue accumulation than men with high CRF (mean 114.4 cm2 vs 87.8 cm2; p<0.007) and by a poorer metabolic profile. When matched for visceral ( Abdominal) adipose tissue accumulation, however, such differences were no longer significant.

“This study underlines the importance of visceral (abdominal) adipose tissue or fat accumulation in the previously reported association between CRF and metabolic complications predictive of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus” .

“Our results suggest that visceral abdominal tissue accumulation could be a key confounding factor when the relationship of CRF, coronary heart disease risk, and metabolic syndrome is examined.”

Physical activity should be promoted, irrespective of age, sex, or degree of obesity as a measure to reduce adiposity, to increase energy expenditure, and to potentially decrease atherogenic visceral adipose tissue mass, they conclude. “


There you go… being fat may not actually mean poor health risk RATHER it’s the cardiovascular fitness level or the Physical Activity that counts.

The more active we become…the less evil is our fat and the less likely we develop the outcomes of the disease of obesity!

Being FIT Matters….

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