Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital are challenging the popular idea that you can be overweight and still be fit. A study of nearly 39,000 women showed that those who were physically active yet classified as either overweight or obese had risks for heart disease that were 54 percent and 87 percent higher, respectively, than women who were active and not overweight. Exercise, while critical for reducing heart disease risk, isn't enough. A healthy, low-calorie diet that helps control weight is essential.
Originally printed in HEALTH magazine - September 2008 Issue.