Body shape dis­crep­an­cies

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.