Your Belly Fat “Can” Kill You

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We’ve all heard that belly fat is the bad fat that can increase our risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes but, can it also cause an earlier death?

A recent study followed about 360,000 Europeans (New England Journal of Medicine, Nov 2008) and found that people with big bellys were in fact more likely to die prematurely. 

  • Men with a waist greater than 40 inches and women with a waist greater than 35 inches were twice as likely to die prematurely than men and women with smaller waists
  • Each 2 inch increase in waist circumference was associated with an approximately 17% increase in death in men and 13% increase in women !!

Get those tape measures out if you do not already know your waist measurement.  If you are overweight set short-term achievable goals of losing 1 inch at a time!!

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2 Responses to Your Belly Fat “Can” Kill You

  1. I definitely have the same opinion with you about this topic. Nice article. Already bookmarked for future purposes.

  2. Phyllis says:

    Hi,
    I am wondering if I could have permission to use your photo on my website that I am now building. I placed it on there before realizing the copyright requirements and will remove it if you would like.
    Thank you,
    Phyllis Emrich

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