Your Belly Fat “Can” Kill You


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:

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    Thank you,
    Phyllis Emrich

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