“People can be fat yet fit, research suggests.”

Yes, you read that right. Here’s the article.
The article makes note on between being overweight and not active and being overweight BUT metabolically fit. What’s metabolically fit?

“The key is being “metabolically fit”, meaning no high blood pressure, cholesterol or raised blood sugar, and exercising, according to experts.”

Now, this isn’t to help make excuses for size, but to not get so caught up on body image as well as understanding that physical activity is very important. Other things the article noted:

“…the findings show that getting more exercise can keep you healthier, even if you still carry a bit of extra weight. ‘This research highlights once again the important role of physical fitness as a health marker.’ Most of the men and women in the study came from a similar background, meaning the results may not apply to everyone. They were mostly Caucasian, well educated, and worked in executive or professional positions.”

When you step on the scale, don’t be too hard on yourself, just make sure you push yourself when it counts: moderate to vigorous activity. Break a sweat.