Individuals with excess body fat have an increased risk of a heart attack, but the risk is much higher for those who have an “apple-shaped” body. An “apple-shape” is defined as excess fat that is distributed around your abdomen. This extra fat around your waist is referred to clinically as “abdominal adiposity” and it is now thought of as a “killer figure”.
It is now established that the distribution of fat is more important predictor of health than fatness alone. Apple shaped individuals (those with central adiposity) are more likely to have a greater disease risk than pear shaped individuals.
There are many disease risks that can be predicted by this central adiposity phenomenon. The weight around the middle section correlates directly with visceral fat (the fat stored around the organs). Individuals who carry fat around their abdomen (even those who are normal-weight) have a higher risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease than individuals whose fat is more concentrated on the hips and thighs.
Research published in the American Journal of Cardiology recently showed that individuals with increased belly fat face a much higher risk of heart problems such as high triglycerides, increased blood pressure and metabolic syndrome compared to individuals with fat elsewhere in their body.
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