Big Belly, Big Health Risk
Carrying around a big belly could be more deadly than being generally overweight or obese, new research shows. Of the 15,184 adults studied for an average of 14 years, 40 percent were normal weight, 35 percent were overweight, and 25 percent were obese. In all, 70 percent had “central obesity,” as defined by a high waist-to-hip ratio. Individuals who were at a normal weight for their height but had central obesity had about double the death rate during the study of those of a similar weight without the big belly. The risk was slightly higher for men than women. As expected, a combination of overall and central obesity raised the death risk even higher.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, published online Nov. 9, 2015