Nobody wants that stubborn fat around the belly area. We all want to get rid of it and have a ripped and lean stomach. But, recent study has confirmed that belly fat is not only an aesthetic problem for the people. It can cause some serious health problems, even for people at normal weight. The extra fat around your belly increases the chances of premature death, even for people who are not overweighed.
A group of researchers have published an article on November 10th, in the Annals of Internal Medicine Magazine about this condition. According to them, people with normal weight with belly fat had higher risk of diseases and death, compared with overweight people.
Dr. Paul Poirier, one of the most influential doctors in the University in Quebec, Canada, says that belly fat is bad fat. That stubborn fat tissue around our waist has been linked to many diseases, such as: diabetes, stroke, heart diseases, inflammation and high cholesterol. He says that having a fat around your belly is much worse than having fat around your hips. Poirier also says that having belly fat is really bad for your heart, even though you are a normal weight person. Even if your weight measurements are normal, above 34 inches for women and 40 inches for men is obesity. Poirier explains that these people are obese from a belly perspective, not from a weight perspective. According to Dr. Poirier, the central obesity is the most dangerous one.
Dr. Francisco Lopez, professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, organized a study to compare the risk of premature death between 15000 adults. He compared the Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist-to-hip-ratios on the 15000 subjects. Dr. Francisco Lopez discovered that regardless of BMI, the worst long-term survival had normal weight adults with extra tummy fat. However, men who had normal weight, but a big stomach seemed to fare worse than skinny women with more fat around their belly. Males with normal weight with more belly fat had 87% increased risk of death, compared to men who were with normal weight and no belly fat. This study revealed that people with more belly fat have more than twice the risk of dying early.
Women who had normal weight with belly fat compared to women with normal weight with no belly fat, had 50% increased risk of premature death. Researchers have discovered that women with normal weight and excess fat around their waist had 32% increased risk of early death. Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University Prevention Research Center, explained that this condition can lead to fat accumulation in the liver.