Nightly News   |  December 02, 2013

Can you be heavy but still healthy?

A big study out Monday says there’s no such thing as healthy obesity. Good lab values don’t protect people from the effects of fat. If your BMI is in the overweight category, NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman warns, you should not be complacent.

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>>> as we announced there is health news tonight about being over weight . it revolves around a question -- can you be heavy and still he will sni new research has finding that is may surprise people. our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman is here with more on that. nancy, good evening.

>> hey, brian. this is conventional wisdom that you can be overweight and still healthy if the other checked measures from your doctor are normal. things like waist circumference, cholesterol and blood glucose. even if you are overweight or obese and look good an paper it's not okay. there is a big study tonight that says there is no such thing as healthy obesity. researchers looked at 60,000 people and found good lab values do not protect you from the effects of fat. in fact, they say fat is now an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease . it can even decrease the length of your life. if your bmi is in the overweight category, can you still sit on that? the answer is no. to find out where you fall punch in your weight and height on our website to get your bmi and see if you are at risk. no time to be complacent. no such thing as healthy obesity. time for people to look as good on the scale as they do on the piece of paper they get from their doctor. those numbers now have to jibe.