Let’s start this off with a warning: What you are about to read is in no way an endorsement of neglecting your weight management.
Studies have found that about a third of obese people aren’t necessarily at a high risk of diabetes or heart disease. And get this – nearly a quarter of normal-weight people are. Now, obviously this isn’t to say that being thin is risky. If anything, it proves that there are other factors, including genetic history.
For normal-weight and overweight people (BMI of 25.0–29.9), risk was linked to belly fat. But for obese people (BMI of 30+), risk wasn’t linked to belly fat as much as it was to a fatty liver.
The key seems to be the liver. Obese people who get at least moderate physical exercise tend to have less fatty livers than those who don’t exercise. So, keep that in mind when you are frustrated with your weight loss plateau. You are still doing your body good.