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Metabolically healthy obesity: Laying a controversial concept to rest

Metabolically healthy obesity: Laying a controversial concept to rest

11-14-2017 | Obesity | Article

Evolution of a controversy

The notion of metabolically healthy obesity – that people can be obese without an increased risk for poor health outcomes – can be traced back several decades. We follow its evolution across the key publications that polarized opinions among researchers.

11-14-2017 | Obesity | Article

Unpicking the mechanisms: Could there be something in it?

It is hard for epidemiologic associations to retain credibility for long without a plausible biologic basis. We look at the potential explanations that helped to keep the theory alive,

11-14-2017 | Obesity | Article

Has a consensus emerged?

After years of controversy and heated debate, is a consensus finally emerging? We look at the latest evidence, and consider the broader implications.