The Perils of Toxic Waists

“The Perils of Toxic Waists” – The Canadian Living Magazine, Feb, 2008

The Study: Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas investigated the reliability of waist circumference as a measurement of heart disease risk.

Findings:  Subjects who developed fat around the middle had a greater risk of having a heart attack than those who developed fat around the hips.  Waist fat is considered to be more active in clogging arteries.  Researchers recommend developing lifelong healthy dietary and physical activity habits to avoid a pot belly.

Background:  Until recently, body mass index (BMI:  weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) was used to measure the risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.  But many experts suspected that BMI findings alone may not give a clear enough picture of risk.

Published in the journal of the American College of Cardiology.  This new study included almost 3,000 men and women between the ages of 18 and 65.
– Lyndsie Bourgon

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