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“Obesity: Comparing Apples And Pears”

We are all acutely aware that the obesity epidemic rages on but so do the confusing studies. In 2007, researchers from the University of Texas reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that, “Even a small pot belly can increase the risk of heart disease.” They said that this confirms other research that waist size, rather than overall body weight, is a key indicator of heart disease and that adding a few inches to the waist increased the risk of damage in the arteries, even if body weight remained within the normal range. Patients with the largest waist-to-hip ratios (WHRs) were almost twice as likely to have calcium deposits, which indicate the onset of atherosclerosis, in the arteries of their hearts, as those with the smallest WHRs.

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