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'Fat but Fit Is a Big Fat Myth'

In a world that’s awash with obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases, the idea that you can be “fat but fit” has become a mantra among those looking for reasons to stop fat-shaming. But a new study of 3.5 million puts the fat-but-fit thesis to rest. According to, the theory is a myth: Admit it or not, people who are overweight or obese are at increased risk of heart disease even though they’re healthy in other respects. And that’s not “fat...

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