Metabolically Healthy But Obese Or Metabollically Obese But Normal Weight : Debate On Health


  • University of Rajasthan, PG Department of Home Science, Jaipur, India


Obesity has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The indicators used for assessment of nutritional status and risk of metabolic syndrome are body mass index and central obesity by waist circumference and waist to hip ratio. Subtypes of obesity have been a recent topic of debate in field of obesity research. Among these subtypes one is metabolically healthy obese (MHO) characterized by high BMI and  normal WHR and the other is defined by normal BMI(< 25kg/m2) and high WHR i.e.metabolically obese normal weight (MONW). The present study was conducted to assess prevalence of MHO and metabolically obese normal weight MONW individuals among those visiting weight reduction centers for losing weight. Among the 624 participants visiting such centers, 19.9% males and 13.9% females were MONW. On the contrary, 54% males and 78% females were MHO. Overall females had a higher BMI than males whereas males had greater central adiposity.


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