Do you have excess belly fat? Then it’s high time to start working out and control eating habits as people with belly fat poses increased risk of dying early when compared to their obese counterparts who have a pear-shaped body, warns a new study. According to researchers, fat near the belly area is most dangerous and was found to link with greater mortality risk.
For the study, researchers observed health records of more than 15,000 people aged between 18 and 90 years, over a period of 14 years. Study authors calculated BMI and waist-to-hip ratio of every participant and then compared both the values. What researchers found was mind-boggling as the data revealed that belly fat is linked with higher mortality irrespective of weight, whether a person is obese or not.
Men with bigger belly fat were twice likely to die early when compared to the death of obese with pear-shaped like body.While the belly fat poses less risk when it comes to women. The study found that the women with normal Body Mass Index (BMI) but with but belly fat were 32 percent more likelier to die early when compared to other obese women.
Study authors explained that there are basically two types fats that get deposited in the belly — visceral and subcutaneous. Visceral fat is more vicious which cannot be seen easily as it exists deep within the abdomen of the victim. Since, it isn’t seen people don’t do much to counter it. Visceral fat releases inflammatory chemicals and disrupts vital processes such as metabolism, blood pressure and clotting. Researchers warned that the visceral fat can cause many health related problems including, heart-related problems, cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes, blood pressure, depression, etc.
Every individual contains visceral fat but in some its level is dangerously high. Researchers estimated that more than 40 percent people contain excess visceral fat around their belly.
Moreover, the study warned people to stop eating junk food and start burning calories to reduce excess fat in the body which will keep them healthy. Previous studies estimated that more than 1 billion people in the world will be obese by 2025. These alarming numbers are a big cause of worry as we are heading towards overweight and unhealthy next generation.
The study appeared in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.