Obesity is widely known as a silent killer, and it is anything but a hallmark of the healthy lifestyle.
However, a new study has indicated that it may not be quite as dangerous as previously thought. Scientists encouraged 20 already obese people to eat 1,000 more calories per day in addition to their daily load. They particularly wanted to see more fast food in the subjects’ diets.
And while popular science and common sense might indicate that would be enough to cause serious health concerns, the discovery for a quarter of the individuals was anything but.
Despite the additional weight gained, 25 percent of those suffering from obesity actually experienced good health.
The study appeared in the January 2 edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
It was led by a team of scientists out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Subjects took in more than 1,000 calories over their typical diet with much of it coming from places like McDonalds and Taco Bell.
The goal was to add six percent of their body weight.
“This was not easy to do. It is just as difficult to get people to gain weight as it is to get them to lose weight,” said chief author Elisa Fabbrini, assistant professor of medicine, in comments to Business Insider.
For subjects not suffering from conditions typically associated with obesity at the start of the study (i.e. insulin resistance, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess liver fat), they continued to keep these issues at bay even after adding about 15 pounds to their already obese physiques.
Still, before you go off celebrating the fact that some who suffer from obesity are impervious to the deadly health effects, know this.
The findings show that the food had the opposite effect for the 75 percent more susceptible to obesity related ailments.
“Could it be genetics, specific dietary intake, physical lifestyle, emotional health or even the microbes that live in the gut?” asked Samuel Klein, senior investigator and director of Washington University’s Center for Human Nutrition. “We need more studies to try to understand why obesity causes specific diseases in some people but not in others.”
In a previous study of obesity, the Inquisitr reported that four-in-five people in the over-50 crowd suffer from the condition.
What do you think about this new study, readers? Is the obesity scare overblown for some? Sound off in our comments section.
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