The Most Dangerous Fat for Women Is......around the middle. How dangerous? Belly fat is far more dangerous in older women than being overweight--so dangerous that it can shorten a woman's life, reports HealthDay News of research from the University of Arizona.
The study: Led by Zhao Chen, chair of the University of Arizona's department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the College of Public Health., the team compiled data on nearly 162,000 women ages 50 to 79, all of whom were part of the Woman's Health Initiative, a major study on postmenopausal women by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. As part of this study, each woman provided information on her height, weight and waist size, as well as other lifestyle data. During the 11-year follow-up period, more than 18,000 women died.
The takeaway: Abdominal fat is more deadly than carrying excess weight.
The study findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
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