Heart disease risk is tripled by belly fat levels
Big belly fat levels equals big heart problems.
- Storing more weight around your waist (the pear shape), gives you TRIPLE the heart disease or stroke risk
- Being clinically obese (the apple shape), gives you DOUBLE the risk of heart disease or stroke
After looking through their BMI ratio vs. their waist-to-hip ratio, they found that people with a normal BMI but a high waist-to-hip ratio were 2.75 times more likely to die from heart disease than healthy people who were balanced on both scales. The clinically obese people with a high proportion of fat stored around their middle were 2.34 times more likely to die from heart disease.
Study presented by Dr Karine Sahakyan at the 2012 European Society of Cardiology’s annual congress in Munich. The Mayo Clinic doctors and health researchers examined the health records of 12,785 people with an average age of 44, over a 14-year period. During the study 1,138 patients died as a result of a cardiovascular problem. As reported by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, August 28, 2012.