New Study Suggests Fat Anywhere Causes Heart Problems

Monday, 04 April 2011

Study challenges belief that only waist fat contributes to heart disease

Scientists and the general population have long believed that individuals with fat carried in their midsection (or “apple-shaped”) are at a higher risk of heart disease than those who carry fat on their hips or other body parts. However, a new international study from over 200 researchers from 17 countries says that this is simply not true.

The report, which used data from 58 studies that included more than 222,000 men and women from 17 countries, cited cholesterol levels, smoking history, diabetes, and blood pressure as key measurements to determine risk of heart attack and stroke, regardless of the individual’s weight. Anyone who is obese or overweight should automatically be considered at risk as well.

Read more key findings and information about the study from Find information on reducing your cholesterol, losing weight, smoking cessation, and staying healthy at

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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