Belly fat hard on your lungs - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/10/09

Belly fat hard on your lungs

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Researchers say people who carry excess weight in the middle may be putting the squeeze on their lungs. 

French researchers have discovered that even in non-smokers a thick waistline is linked to decreased lung function specifically when the waistline for women is greater than 35 inches or more than 40 inches for men.  Their theory is simple: too much abdominal fat literally pushes up the diaphragm and chest wall and squeezes the lungs.

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