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Wellness Tip

Beer Belly Alert

by Berkeley Wellness  

If you carry extra fat around your midsection but aren't overweight, do you still need to worry?

Yes, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which looked at a national sample of 15,000 people ages 18 to 90. It found that normal-weight people who had extra fat around their midsection were more likely to die during the next ten years than those who were overweight or obese but had normal fat distribution, based on waist-to-hip ratio.

The increased risk was most consistently seen in men, who were found to be three times more likely to be normal weight and “abdominally obese” than women. Abdominal obesity increased mortality rates most dramatically in normal-weight men. Abdominal obesity was defined as a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 1.0, meaning that the waist measure is as big as or bigger than hip circumference (an “apple-shaped” body).

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