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Fat, Yet Fit?

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Fitness and Extra Weight

According to Mayo Clinic research being overweight but fit and exercising regularly may make you healthy at the moment, but no in the long run. The goal should be maintaining a healthy weight at all time.

If you are overweight - and exercise regularly - are you healthy?

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You may be relatively healthy at the moment, according to the February 2005 issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. Even with exercise, being overweight is a risk factor for many health conditions. For example, being overweight puts you at a greater risk of developing diabetes. (Regular exercise decreases this risk to some extent.)

But even women at a healthy weight are at increased risk of certain diseases if they are inactive. One study in women reported that a lack of fitness was a more important predictor of dying than was excess weight.

Bottom line: Keep moving and work to maintain a healthy weight. Strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, such as brisk walking, five or more days a week.