Fatness, Despite Fitness, Is Linked with Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Men

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DALLAS, April 19 - Body fatness was associated with more cardiovascular disease risk factors even among healthy, aerobically fit men, according to a report today in an obesity-themed issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

A study of 135 healthy men who varied widely in body fatness and aerobic fitness found that fatness was consistently associated with a wide variety of established cardiovascular disease risk factors, while fitness was associated with only selective risk factors.

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"Our results provide further evidence implicating body fatness as a public health concern," said lead author Demetra D. Christou, Ph.D., a research associate in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Although regular physical activity may help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), excessive body weight increases the risk of developing CVD.

"Elevated body fatness is associated with an adverse profile of cardiovascular disease risk factors independent of aerobic fitness," Christou said.

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