Belly fat more dangerous than obesity, says study

 

If you have a big belly fat, this news is for you! Deposition of fat around belly region is even more harmful than being obese, suggests a new study.

The study analyzed the health records of 15,184 people aged between 18 and 90, for a total of 14 years. The results showed that the death rate among men with normal body mass index (BMI) but with bigger bellies, was twice the rate for men who were obese.

The results for the opposite sex were slightly smaller but generally the same. In their case, women with normal body weight but higher belly had 32 percent more risk of dying, compared to obese women..

According to researchers, there are two types of belly fat: visceral and subcutaneous.

The most dangerous form of belly fat exists in the form of visceral fat which can’t be seen. Such fat lies deep within the abdomen of the individual and can result in a myriad of health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.

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