The perception that people of “normal weight” are necessarily healthier than their overweight cohorts is wearing thin. According to a press release from the Mayo Clinic, adults with a regular body mass index (BMI)—used to define normal weight—may still be at risk for metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
The press release comes on the heels of a Mayo Clinic study involving 2,127 men and women with normal BMI. Their body composition was measured, and they were tested for metabolic and heart disease risk factors. Of the subjects studied, more than 50% were found to be “normal-weight obese,” having “significantly higher rates of several alterations in blood chemistry that can negatively affect heart and metabolism health.” This evidence suggests that normal-weight adults may be vulnerable to the same health issues as their obese counterparts and should not overlook potential problems.