HOW BAD IS FAT?
ANCHOR LEAD: WHERE DOES FAT RANK IN TERMS OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE RISK? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Obesity has a negative impact on just about every cardiovascular disease risk factor, a recent study conducted at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere revealed. So how important does that make fat on the list of risk factors? Roger Blumenthal, director of the Cicarrone Center for Preventive Cardiology and one of the study’s authors, comments.
BLUMENTHAL: Obesity in my mind ties in so much with diet and exercise so I’d put that as a number two. So cigarette smoking is number one, and obesity, which has a dietary component and an exercise component, is number two. :13
The great thing about obesity is it’s modifiable.
BLUMENTHAL: Clearly if people can lose weight through better dietary and exercise habits their risk of a stroke or a heart attack goes down significantly. :07
In contrast to things like cigarette smoking, there seems to be little persistent risk related to having been overweight. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.