Source: NHS Choices
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Date of publication: 2015
Publication type: News item
In a nutshell: A major new study tracked more than 15,000 adults to look at the effect of body size on mortality. Researchers found that people with a normal BMI but a large WHR had increased risk of dying during follow-up compared to people with a smaller WHR. This included people of similar BMI, and also people who were overweight or obese, but with a smaller WHR. One hypothesis is that having a big belly increases the amount of fat inside the abdomen (visceral fat). This may then cause inflammation to the vital organs stored inside the abdomen, which possibly makes people vulnerable to chronic diseases.
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