Obesity & Diabetes
New Research into the Obesity Paradox: Fat vs Fit
Americans are bombarded with numbers, many of them causing added stress to an already challenging life. Cholesterol levels, blood pressure, credit scores, and children’s SAT’s to the dreaded BMI (Body Mass Index) very few qualify as a happiness index. TrekDesk treadmill desk has been championing one more gauge that should be added to the top of everyone’s list: steps per day. New research, published this week in the European Heart Journal (http://eurheartj.oxfordjournals.org) explains why. Apparently, it is possible to be fat, as defined by one’s BMI, and yet remain healthy. What is the secret? Exercise, and TrekDesk Treadmill Desk makes that automatic.
The study analyzed data of 43,000 Americans from the Aerobics Centre Longitudinal Study between the years 1979-2003. Researchers discovered that increased BMI did not pose any added health risks provided they engaged in adequate amounts of exercise. The researchers found that the correlation of health to fitness was much greater than the often cited correlation of health to weight alone.
“It is well known that obesity is linked to a large number of chronic disease such as cardiovascular problems and cancer,” stated lead researcher Dr. Francisco Ortega. This belief has led many to assume that all overweight individuals face increased health risks. However, this study confirmed that exercise can dramatically reduce the risk of chronic disease even among obese individuals and places them at the same level of prognosis for health risks as normal weight/BMI individuals. “We believe getting more exercise positively influences major body systems and organs and contributes to making someone metabolically healthier, including obese people,” Ortega added in a press release.
“We all need to know our SPD number (steps per day). 10,000 steps per day could reduce the rate of initial heart attacks by 90%, stroke by 70%, diabetes by 50% and cancers from 30% to 70%. While the SPD number should be an integral part of a medical review individuals need to monitor it themselves on a daily basis,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.