Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Experts debate the ‘myth’ of metabolically healthy obesity

James O. Hill
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
Though the American Medical Association and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists have both deemed obesity a disease, experts still debate that classification among themselves. Within that debate lies the question of whether patients should be categorized as metabolically healthy obese, and what this all means for both patient and physician moving forward in promoting effective management and treatment strategies for obesity.
Although the term “metabolically healthy obese” has yet to be defined with universally accepted criteria, it is widely used in the field, and according to two studies conducted in 2013, about one-third of the obese population may not be at increased risk for metabolic complications. As more research is published, this phenomenon of metabolically healthy obese is stirring debate among experts regarding the definition and management of these patients.
James O. Hill, PhD, Anschutz professor of health and wellness and executive director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado, told Endocrine Today that someone who is currently metabolically healthy may not remain so over time, and he does not treat these patients differently than other patients with obesity.
For the rest of the story, go to Endocrine Today.

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