.Many of us would describe the ideal athlete's body as lean. But then someone who doesn't fit the description can lift heavier weights or finish a workout in less time than we can, leaving us questioning what "fit" really looks like.
Some doctors say people who are overweight face health issues, but some studies show that heavy people who exercise can be cardiovascularly healthy and may live longer than their sedentary but skinny peers.
We asked two experts to, ahem, weigh in. Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University, says you can be fit and fat. Amy Weinstein, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies the impact of obesity and exercise on disease, disagrees. Here's why.
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Is it possible to be overweight and healthy?
YES: Virtually every weight-related health problem can be greatly improved or cured with a moderate level of exercise, even if