For years, women have been told that weight gain could lead to heart disease. It’s true there is a link between heart disease and the amount of fat on the body.
A study by The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) indicates it’s the location of the fat that matters most.
Not all fat is the same
Research shows it’s abdominal fat – fat around the middle or what doctors call “central obesity” – is the most dangerous.
“The findings of this study are consistent with what we know about the detrimental effects of central obesity.
Not all fat is the same, and central obesity is particularly dangerous because it is associated with risk for heart disease, the number one killer of women. Identifying women with excess abdominal fat, even with a normal BMI, is important so that lifestyle interventions can be implemented,”Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director.
So rather than using weight or BMI as a measurement of health, women should be measuring their waistline as an indicator of progress.
“Inches off the waist” are more important for heart health that “pounds off the scales”.
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