Analysis of UK GP records by researchers at the University of Birmingham indicates that otherwise “metabolically healthy” obese people do have a statistically higher chance of heart disease, stroke or mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack) and heart failure compared to healthy people of normal (recommended) weight.
Mundasad, S. (2017). ‘Fat but fit is a big fat myth’. London: BBC Health News, May 17th 2017.
‘Fat but fit’ still at higher risk of heart disease. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, May 17th 2017.
There is a press release, too, but as yet no formal publication:
EurekAlert! (2017). Study of 3.5 million people shows ‘healthy’ obese people are still at higher risk of cardiovascular disease events than the general population. EurekAlert! European Association for the Study of Obesity; European Congress on Obesity (ECO2017), May 16th 2017.
October 2017 Update: Proposed Hospitals Ban on High-Calorie Fast Foods and Snacks
Public Health England (PHE) wants hospitals to play their role in addressing obesity:
Hospitals in England to ban ‘super-size’ chocolate bars. London: BBC Health News, October 16th 2017.
Obesity Statistics From the OECD
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has found Britain to be the “most obese nation” in Western Europe, with obesity rates having doubled over two decades, and 63% of UK adults being overweight,
UK most overweight country in Western Europe says OECD. London: BBC Health News, November 11th 2017.