Can obese patients be healthy?

Can someone simultaneously be obese and healthy? Or do the extra pounds pose such a direct health risk that one contradicts the other? A pair of studies published over the past couple of weeks have upped the ante on these debates, by demonstrating that some people with extra pounds on them can have a healthy heart and metabolism, while others at a normal weight may not be as well off. On the other hand, it's also still clear that patients carrying excess weight, generally, are at higher cardiovascular risk. Article

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