Nov 10, 2015
By Jane Brown
A new study says adults who have a normal weight but carry extra belly fat have a markedly increased risk of dying early. In fact, normal weight adults with extra belly fat are more at risk of early death than individuals who are overweight or obese.
The researchers analyzed an American survey on over 1500 adults.
The results show that a man with a normal BMI and an unhealthy waist-hip ratio had more than double the risk of early death compared with an obese man with a normal ratio.
For both men and women, over every level of BMI, even after controlling for a variety of factors, “central obesity” was associated with increased mortality in both men and women.
The researchers think the reason is likely that central obesity is associated with fat in and around the organs which is known to increase mortality.
The research is in the Annals Of Internal Medicine. (ABC)