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Heart Health

11 March 2011

Any kind of fat is bad for the heart

A controversial study suggests that being obese boosts the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke regardless of where the excess fat is stored in the body.

In a finding that contradicts earlier research, an international study suggests that being obese boosts the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke regardless of where the excess fat is stored in the body.

"Society has accepted the idea that if you carry more weight around the middle, your risk of heart disease is higher," said Dr Emanuele Di Angelantonio, the study's co-author and a lecturer in medical screening at the University of Cambridge in England. "But actually this study shows that it doesn't matter where your fat is located. If you're overweight you're at risk, full stop."

 

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