Beer belly, spare tire, love handles. Are these terms of endearment or are they harbingers of serious illness to come? New research suggests that belly fat or central obesity is a serious health concern even for people with a normal body mass index.
This conclusion was reached by compiling data from a large study of 15,184 adults who were followed for an average 14 years.
Men and women with higher levels of belly fat had a greater risk of death than overweight or obese individuals whose fat was more evenly distributed throughout their bodies. The reason for this unusual fact is unknown and is under investigation.
The take home message from this study is that having a normal weight is not enough. You must become aggressive in reducing that belly fat.