Study Funded By Coca-Cola Finds That Obese People Can Be Healthy

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File photo of an obese woman. (credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of an obese woman. (credit: ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A study funded by Coca-Cola finds that obese people can still be healthy.

The study – published in the European Heart Journal – tested the body mass indexes of more than 43,000 people by measuring their skinfolds.

The study found that 46 percent of “metabolically healthy but obese participants had a better fitness than metabolically abnormal obese participants.”

The study believes that fit obese people could live a longer life than unhealthy obese people.

“When adjusting for fitness and other confounders, metabolically healthy but obese individuals had lower risk of all-cause mortality, non-fatal and fatal cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality than their metabolically unhealthy obese peers; while no significant differences were observed between metabolically healthy but obese and metabolically healthy normal-fat participants,” the study says.

More than one-third of adults in the United States are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health also funded the study.

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