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The Obese Without Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Clustering and the Normal Weight With Cardiometabolic Risk Factor Clustering Prevalence and Correlates of 2 Phenotypes Among the US Population
Wildman, R.P., Muntner, P., Reynolds, K., McGinn, A.P., Rajpathak, S., Wylie-Rosett, J., & Sowers, M.R.

(2008)  - Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(15), 1617-24. doi: 10.1001/archinte.168.15.1617

These statistics come from NHANES data (1999-2004) which is considered the most reliable data we have on the health status of our population.  NIH and CDC have taken note of this data and refer to it in their future research plans.  In other words, government scientists can no longer deny that fat people can be healthy! 

"More than 50 percent of overweight adults and 30 percent of obese adults are metabolically healthy, according to a 2008 study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Conversely, nearly 25 percent of normal-weight adults are metabolically abnormal."

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