More Bad News About Belly Fat

Walking beats belly fat.

Even if our weights are healthy and our BMIs are in the okay ranges, there is more bad news about belly fat according to



According to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine, people who have a spare tire are more like to die in a 10-year-period. Whoa, this really makes me want to take my own Healthy Living advice and Walk Off Belly Fat.

Here's what I learned from the study:

  • A 2-inch increase in waist circumference raised the mortality risk by 17 percent in men and 13 percent in women, regardless of BMI.
  • The link was strongest in those who were at a healthy weight, compared to their heavier peers.

And here's what I learned about why belly fat is so bad:

  • It has been linked to a greater risk of erectile dysfunction, memory problems, diabetes, and heart disease, among other health issues.
  • Abdominal fat—unlike fat elsewhere in the body—can pad internal organs; it is thought to promote inflammation by releasing hormones.

There is some good news: Reducing your waist-to-hip ratio can add years to your life no matter what you currently weigh.

Do you think belly fat is that bad?

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