Normal-weight people with fat bellies may have higher mortality risk than obese

Bloomberg News reports, “Normal-weight people with fat bellies have a higher risk of death than the obese, according to data presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich.”

Investigators found that “people with a normal body mass index, or BMI, and ‘central obesity’ as defined by a high waist-to-hip ratio had the greatest risk of cardiovascular-related death and the highest death risk overall.”

The investigators found that “the risk of cardiovascular death was 2.75 times higher and the risk of death from all causes was 2.08 times higher compared with subjects with normal BMI and a normal waist-to-hip ratio.”

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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