Your Shape As A Predictor of Heart Disease - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/07

Your Shape As A Predictor of Heart Disease

Obesity aside, there's new evidence that your shape is a strong predictor of heart disease. That it's the size of your belly, not the number on the scale that really matters.

Researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas followed nearly 3,000, comparing the shape of their body and their heart. They found a big belly, rather than a big rear end, was twice as likely to leave calcium deposits in the arteries.

You know the government recommends people know their BMI, a calculated number which tells gives you an ideal weight range. But this study claims the BMI is flawed, because although it may tell you you're overweight and it doesn't take into account where a person has too much fat.

For a calculator to determine your waist to hip ratio: click here.

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