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According to the obesity paradox, why is it healthy for people to be overweight?

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Dr. Kamyar Farhangfar
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
For some yes.: Patients with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, COPD, chronic renal failure it appears that being overweight and mildly obese associated with improved longevity compared with normal weight patients. This phenomenon has been termed the “obesity paradox” . For everyone else obesity is still considered to be a major risk factor for cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does the obesity paradox state that it is healthy for someone to be overweight?

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Dr. Kamyar Farhangfar
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes and No: For most people being overweight or obese is a risk factor for developing coronary arterial disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and other chronic medical problems. For a certain population of patients suffering from heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and renal failure it appears to be advantageous to be overweight.

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