A study by Johns Hopkins researchers of more than 13,000 people has found that even after accounting for such risk factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, so-called morbid obesity appears to stand alone as a standout risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease.
Soooooooooooooo…. what? If I’m “morbidly obese” I’m more likely to experience a sudden heart attack? No big surprise. I’d like to see a further study though, one that tracks people who at age 45+ were labeled ‘morbidly obese’, but who went on to lose enough weight to lose that label. I want to know if it actually affected their quality of life. Does it pay off to lose the weight, did they actually have fewer heart attacks, or was this diagnosis the defining factor.