Fitness key to reducing mortality risk: study

The observational study in 17,000 people with prediabetes followed for 13 years showed unfit people of normal weight had a 70% increased mortality rate, but overweight and obese fit people had no increased risk compared with normal weight fit people.

However, unfit people who were overweight had a 27% increased mortality rate, and unfit people who were obese had a 91% increased mortality rate.

“Our findings support preserving or increasing cardiorespiratory fitness over weight loss as a primary strategy to reduce mortality risk in persons with