There are six different types of obesity, study argues
This study looked at data from more than 4,000 obese adults taking part in the Yorkshire Health Study. It aimed to see whether it was possible to categorise obese individuals according to common health and lifestyle characteristics.
The study reported six clusters of obese individuals. These were:
- young healthy females – women who were obese, but generally had fewer obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes
- heavy-drinking males – as above, but with higher alcohol intake
- unhappy and anxious middle-aged – predominantly women with poor mental health and wellbeing
- affluent and healthy elderly – generally positive health, but defining characteristics of higher alcohol intake and high blood pressure
- physically sick but happy elderly – older people with more chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis, but good mental health
- poorest health – people who were the most economically deprived and had the greatest number of chronic diseases
via NHS Choices.