What’s Harmful Abdominal Fat?
Whoever previously thought that a low Body Mass Index meant a “green light” with regard to body and health matters is mistaken. The latest results of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) show that fat distribution in particular as well as body weight is significant with regard to mortality risk. Even people with a low Body Mass Index but a large waist have an increased risk of metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases.
There is a simple formula: the greater the abdominal girth, the greater the health risks. Abdominal fat is not only an energy store but it also produces messenger substances which promote the development of chronic diseases. According to the EPIC study, mortality risk increases with increased accumulation of fat in the abdomen compared to the accumulation of fat on the hips and thighs. (more…)