Walking beats belly fat.
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?