Overweight and obese people who exercised regularly had heart disease rates similar to those of normal weight people who also exercised, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and from the Netherlands.
The study looked at more than 5,000 middle-aged and older people living in Rotterdam, taking into account participants’ exercise habits, body mass index, and rates of heart disease and stroke over a 15-year period.
The findings suggest that exercise may cancel out the negative effects of weight when it comes to heart disease.
Read a TIME magazine article about the study: Not Exercising Is As Bad As Being Obese, Health-Wise