Can I be healthy if I'm obese but my blood pressure and cholesterol are normal?
Asked by anonymous on Sep 18, 2008 in Health Conditions

I recently had blood-work done along with my checkup. My blood pressure is 117/70 and my cholesterol level is 140, but I am 5'2”, 180 lb, 19 yrs old, and my BMI is 32. What indicator of health should I consider most important: my waist size or cholesterol, blood pressure tests?


An obese person can be healthy, especially if she is fit and pear-shaped, but obesity-related hormonal changes occur over many years, more often in apple-shaped people who have large waists. It’s good to see that your blood pressure and cholesterol are normal, but you are still young and the damage takes time. An unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle tax hormones that regulate blood sugar and keep your arteries clear. Extra weight also creates problems unrelated to metabolism, such as osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, gallstones, infertility, certain cancers, and more. Regardless of what we weigh, we all have to eat right and exercise. Get in shape to lower your risk of obesity-related conditions.

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