CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Social Health and Diabetes 2019; 7(02): 87-88
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3402538
Original Article
Novo Nordisk Education Foundation

Implications of Metabolically Healthy Obesity—Ganesha Speaks

Rukia Surya Shaikh
1  Ashirwad Critical Care Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai, India
Pratiksha Patil
2  Pratham Speciality Clinic, Andheri(East), Mumbai, India
Tejal Lathia
3  Apollo and Fortis Hospitals, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Publication History

Received: 07 October 2019

Accepted after revision: 24 October 2019

Publication Date:
30 March 2020 (online)



The cherubic elephant God Ganesha, a favorite of millions of Hindu devotees, sports a round belly. Humans who have a round belly would be classified as obese. Is all obesity unhealthy? What is metabolically healthy obesity? Different definitions and criteria make the discussion of metabolically healthy obesity difficult and challenging.