Getting in shape might be better for lowering your risk of death than losing weight. In a new study published in the journal iScience, researchers at Arizona State University reviewed all the research on early mortality risk associated with weight loss and physical activity over the past 10 years. They found that the cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors linked to a shorter life can be improved with exercise, even when there’s no weight loss as a result. Based on their findings, they argue that reducing weight and lowering our obesity should not be our primary goal. They believe we should focus on exercise and becoming more physically fit instead of worrying about our weight.
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