A couple of years ago, I started working with Jennifer Kuk and one of her graduate students (Sarah Heinzle) from York University on a study of metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) in adolescents (n~600) who participated in the US-based National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Research into MHO goes back to the 1990s with Steven Blair and the seminal studies he did related to ‘fatness and fitness’, which showed that cardiorespiratory fitness and physical activity were (in some cases, but not all) stronger predictors of morbidity and mortality than weight status, per se. Locally, we published a paper last year on MHO using data from the Stollery PCWH. Extending this work, Samah Damanhoury (PhD Candidate, Dept of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science, UAlberta) is currently devoting her PhD research to this topic, which includes a scoping review as well as cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses using data from the CANPWR study. There’s a lot of variability in the way MHO is defined, so one part of Samah’s research will be to build consensus on an MHO definition (or definitions) using a Delphi Method.
With respect to our NHANES MHO analyses, we were really pleased to learn that the research/paper Sarah completed for her graduate studies at York was recently accepted for publication by Pediatric Obesity. Will follow-up again once the paper goes to print. Congrats, Sarah and Jen!