Belly Fat and Heart Disease Linked

by Jodee on February 28, 2009

If your body is shaped more like an apple than a pear, you may be at increased risk of developing heart disease. A recent study conducted on children in Australia has revealed that they are more likely to carry body fat in their stomach area than in their limbs.

Researchers examined children using calipers to determine how much body fat was present in the upper arm under the shoulder blade. The results of the study, which was conducted over a 50-year period, indicate that the amount of body fat in children is increasing by almost a full percentage point every decade. This is disturbing news, since people who are obese tend to have more health issues than those who are at a normal weight. Obesity in children sets them up for health problems at a younger age than those who put on weight in adulthood.

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