We all like to tell ourselves that those extra pounds are not doing us any harm but the truth is less rosy.
Weight loss is not the easiest thing to accomplish but, if you can put your mind to it, you really can make a difference to your long term health.
The idea that people can be fat but medically fit is a myth. They say people who were obese but who had no initial signs of heart disease, diabetes or high cholesterol were not protected from ill health in later life, contradicting previous research. The term "fat but fit" refers to the alluring theory that if people are obese but all their other metabolic factors such as blood pressure and blood sugar are within recommended limits then the extra weight will not be harmful. In this study, researchers at the University of Birmingham analysed data of millions of British patients between 1995 and 2015 to see if this claim held true. They found these people who were obese but "metabolically healthy" were at higher risk of developing heart disease, strokes and heart failure than people of normal weight.