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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