Metabolic Healthy Obesity-A Paradoxical Fallacy?Correspondence Address :
Dr. Sourya Acharya,
Professor, Department of Medicine, ABVR Hospital, DMIMS University, Sawangi (Meghe), Wardha-442004, Maharashtra, India.
In the era of modern medicine, obesity has become the most catastrophic non communicable burden. It is pandemic and is the root of all non communicable disease risks. Again to make things more complicated, it shows great variability in different races as far as pin pointing the cut-off for its appropriate definition. Body Mass Index (BMI) is still followed as a sole parameter for its definition, though; it has failed to mathematically show its correlation with the consequences of obesity related complications. Other terminologies like, Metabolic Healthy Obesity (MHO), Metabolic Obesity Normal Weight (MONW) is now in use still complicating the current burden of risk stratification. It is this “MHO” subgroup that has created lot of debate, just because two paradoxical words (“healthy” and “obesity”) are simultaneously associated, meaning that sometimes obesity can be healthy. Initially some researchers concluded the same, but new researchers are coming forward with convincing results that actually MHO is not healthy at all. This review tries to summarise the basic concepts of MHO and the current scenario of MHO research as far as development of cardiovascular risks is concerned in this so called subgroup of population.
Body mass index, Cardiovascular, Metabolic obesity, Non communicable, Normal weight, Pandemic
Sourya Acharya, Samarth Shukla. METABOLIC HEALTHY OBESITY-A PARADOXICAL FALLACY?. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2018 October [cited: 2019 Jan 23 ]; 12:OE07-OE10. Available from
Date of Submission: Apr 16, 2018
Date of Peer Review: Jun 11, 2018
Date of Acceptance: Jul 23, 2018
Date of Publishing: Oct 01, 2018
Financial OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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