Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Exercise-Heart Study Casts Doubt on 'Fit but Fat' Theory

“New research challenges the notion that you can be fat and fit, finding that being active can lower but not eliminate heart risks faced by heavy women. ‘It doesn't take away the risk entirely. Weight still matters,’ said Dr. Martha Gulati, a heart specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Previous research has gone back and forth on whether exercise or weight has a greater influence on heart disease risks. The new study involving nearly 39,000 women helps sort out the combined effects of physical activity and body mass on women's chances of developing heart disease, said Gulati, who wasn't involved in the research. The study by Harvard-affiliated researchers appears in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine.”


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