• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: Why skinny doesn’t always mean heart-healthy

February 24, 2017

young thin woman with chest pain heart attackTrue or false: People of average or below-average weight are not at risk for heart disease.

In the latest Mayo Clinic National Health Checkup, 4 of 5 adults recognized that is a false statement.

“People can be skinny but still fat in the inside,” says Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez. “Anywhere from 15 to 30 percent of people with normal weight might actually have a lot of fat.”

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Lopez-Jimenez explains a condition called normal-weight obesity that puts a thin-looking person at risk for the same health problems faced by someone who is obese. Jeff Olsen reports.

Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute

Journalists: Broadcast-quality video pkg (0:59) is in the downloads. Read the script.  

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