Fitness Matters More than Weight . . .
A study of nearly 22,000 Texan men has revealed that being physically
fit is more important than weight control when it comes to reducing a man's
risk of dying. As reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
researchers at the University of Houston found that increasing
cardiorespiratory fitness by engaging in regular moderate-intensity activity
is beneficial for obese men even if they remain overweight. Lean men who
were unfit had twice the risk of death from all causes as did lean men who
were fit. In fact, unfit lean men also had higher mortality rates than obese
men who were fit.