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Wider Waist May Raise Death Risk Later in Life
Date:8/10/2010

ed risk for heart disease in the postmenopausal years, and indicates that it's an overall increased risk of death because of body fat," she explained.

"And in general, the very important message here is that this study reaffirms the harm and the danger of looking like an apple as opposed to carrying your body fat like a pear," Diekman added. "It is about the body fat you carry, not necessarily the number on the scale. It's one more reminder that we've sort of accepted this is a part of aging, people get big around their middle. But just because it's the norm doesn't mean it's OK."

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For more on weight, waist size and health risks, visit the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

SOURCES: Eric J. Jacobs, Ph.D., epidemiologist, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Connie Diekman, director, nutrition, Washington University, St. Louis; Aug. 9/23, 2010, Archives of Internal Medicine


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