Can you be considered healthy if you're overweight (which is what experts call you if your body mass index—or BMI—is between 25 and 29.9)?
In the past, some experts said that if you have normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure
, and don't have type 2 diabetes, you can be considered "metabolically healthy"—no matter what you weigh.
But new research is throwing a little cold water on that rosy view.
While a good diet and fitness regimen can have a positive impact on your health, "simply being overweight increases your risk for cardiovascular disease in particular," says Judith Regensteiner, Ph.D., a professor of medicine and founder and director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. "The more overweight you are, the greater your risk for this as well as other health problems.”