Big waistline, early death?
Research published this afternoon in the Archives of Internal Medicine found a strong correlation between waist circumference and mortality risk.
In the study of more than 100,000 men and women ages 50 and up, those with the largest waistlines (47 inches or larger for men, 42 inches or larger for women) were about twice as likely to die from any cause during the nine years for which data was examined. The association held up among people of normal weight and those who were overweight and obese. Among women, though, the link was strongest for those of normal weight.
Carrying extra fat around the midsection has been associated with increased risk of such conditions as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It's believed that visceral fat -- the kind surrounding the internal organs -- poses a greater threat to your health than fat carried under your skin (subcutaneous fat).
Time to break out the tape measure.
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