New research challenges the notion that you can be both fat and fit. Although simply being active can lower heart risks faced by heavy women, they cannot eliminate them.
A new study involving nearly 39,000 women helped sort out the combined effects of physical activity and body mass. Compared with normal-weight active women, the risk for developing heart disease was 54 percent higher in overweight active women and 87 percent higher in obese active women. By contrast, the risks were 88 percent higher in overweight inactive women, and about 250 percent higher in obese inactive women.
About two in five U.S. women will eventually develop heart attacks or other cardiovascular problems by the age of 50.
* Yahoo News April 29, 2008