Appearances can be deceiving, especially if you assume normal-weight people arent at risk for complications associated with obesity, such as high lousy LDL cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension.
Being MONW metabolically obese normal weight isnt uncommon. Up to 20 percent of people diagnosed with diabetes are thin. And 37 percent of normal-weight adolescents have at least one risk factor for prediabetes high blood pressure, high blood sugar or high LDL cholesterol.
Turns out, what determines lipid levels and some other risks associated with metabolic obesity is what you eat and how much you move around, not just how much you weigh. Case in point: 60 percent of North American adults are obese or overweight, but only 33.5 percent have lousy LDL levels.
So thin (or not), check your cholesterol levels at age 20, then again every five years. Check more often if youre a man over 45 or a woman over 50; if youve had an LDL cholesterol reading of 130 or more; or if your good HDL cholesterol level is below 40.
Get more active. Dont sit for more than two hours at a stretch. Add a 30-minute walk to your daily routine. Do 20 minutes of exercise three days a week.
Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. To live your healthiest, visit sharecare.com. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.