In another twist to the “obesity paradox” Greek researchers have proven, for the first time, that a slim employee with metabolic syndrome has a 200%-250% chance of developing heart failure compared to a metabolically healthy obese employee. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks promotes consistent, daily walking known to lower the risks of metabolic syndrome for normal weight and obese employees alike.

Many employers worldwide have focused wellness efforts primarily on Body Mass Index. This study showed that they must cast a much wider net to insure the health of employees and reduce health care costs.

The study, performed at the University Medical School, Greece, involved 550 participants without diabetes or baseline macro-vascular complications over a period of six years. All were grouped as to presence or absence of metabolic syndrome and by their Body Mass Index (BMI).

The researchers found that BMI was not associated with increased heart failure risk after adjusting for other known cardiovascular risk factors. In an editorial released with the study Dr. Eileen Hsich of the Cleveland Clinic stated, “The paper by Voulgari et al nicely demonstrates that metabolic syndrome better correlates with the development of heart failure than body-mass index [BMI].”

Metabolic syndrome relates to a combination of conditions including increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat, and abnormal cholesterol levels; all contributors to elevated risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes

The Greek study confirms other recent studies which have shown that sedentary lifestyles are a major contributing factor to metabolic syndrome and related diseases and that a healthy BMI does not always correlate with total health.

“All of these studies are showing that achieving good health is a daily process which involves proper dietary choices and consistent daily movement, “ stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks. “Unfortunately, the average American walks less that half the minimum prescribed amount for health on a daily basis.”