People who carry fat around their belly, even if they are thin, have a greater mortality risk than those who are overweight or obese but have normal fat distribution, according to a study.
Researchers examined data from a large group of Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) participants to compare the total and cardio-vascular mortality risks with different combinations of body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratios (WHR).
They found that normal-weight adults with central obesity have the worst long-term survival rate compared with any group, regardless of BMI. The data showed that a normal-weight person with central obesity had twice the mortality risk of participants who were overweight or obese according to BMI only. The article was published in Annals of Internal MedicineSome of the most recent studies suggest belly fat can also trigger high blood pressure, bowel cancer in men as well as type-2 diabetes. experts also suggest that some of the simplest and most common habits of skipping meals - particularly breakfast - can aid in bulking up fat around your belly. fitness experts suggest that twenty minutes of sprints thrice a week can considerably help in shedding that stubborn belly fat.According to Delhi based weigh management expert and nutritionist Dr. Gargi Sharma, a balanced diet rich in foods like cherries, almonds, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes an other nutrient loaded ingredients can help in warding of belly fat. However, regular exercising along with a balanced remains imperative to maintain healthy weight.
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