• By Dana Sparks

Even Normal Weight People Have Highest Death Risk With Belly Fat

August 27, 2012

People who are of normal weight but have fat concentrated in their bellies have a higher death risk than those who are obese. The Mayo Clinic study shows those who had a normal body mass index but central obesity (high waist-to-hip ratio) had the highest cardiovascular death risk and the highest death risk from all causes.

Cardiologist and senior author Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., says,“We knew from previous research that central obesity is bad, but what is new in this research is that the distribution of the fat is very important, even in people with a normal weight.”

Read entire news release: Central Obesity

The study is being presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Munich.

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Man with obese stomach being measured