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Harvard: Exercise May Help Offset Obesity-related Heart Disease Risk

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.

Dr. Klodian Dhana, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, was a co-author of the study.

Read a TIME magazine article about the study: Not Exercising Is As Bad As Being Obese, Health-Wise