Body shape discrepancies
A MEDICAL U-turn has cast doubt on warnings that being overweight and ‘‘ apple-shaped’’ is especially dangerous to the heart.
Re s e a r c h e r s who s t u d i e d 220,000 adults found fat concentrated around the waist did not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes any more than general obesity.
Their findings contradict previous evidence that obese individuals with ‘‘ apple-shaped’’ bodies are three times more likely to suffer a heart attack than those with other kinds of fat distribution.
The authors argue that earlier studies had delivered a misleading message because of design flaws.