ANCHOR LEAD: WOMEN WITH LARGE WAISTS ARE AT RISK FOR EARLY DEATH, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Women who have large waist circumferences, regardless of body fat elsewhere, are at much higher risk for early death than their counterparts with slimmer waists. That’s the conclusion of a very large study reported recently from the American Heart Association. Rick Lange, a cardiologist at Johns Hopkins, describes the study.
LANGE: This is a report from Circulation, that followed almost 45,000 women for approximately 17 years, and identified that the presence of a large waist, that is a waist of over 35 inches, identified women that were much more likely to die of premature heart disease, and develop cancer. Now, several things notable about this study. The sheer size of it, second is the long follow up. Third is how significantly waist size contributed to these diseases that I mention. :29
This study underscores the dangers of abdominal fat versus fat elsewhere, and suggests further study is needed to find out why. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.