Excess belly fat linked to higher heart disease, cancer risks

Excess belly fat linked to higher heart disease, cancer risks

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Excess belly fat linked to higher heart disease, cancer risks

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:23 PM

There has been research showing that disease and death risks linked to obesity varies among individuals with the same body mass indices. Now, a new study has found that people with excess belly fat are at a greater risk of having heart disease and cancer than those with fat in other areas.

Researchers used CT scans on 3,000 patients over seven years to study fat deposits. They found that abdominal fat was associated with the highest rates of heart disease and cancer.

Experts say that these findings may explain why people with similar BMIs but different body types have different obesity-related health issues.
 

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