POSTED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 4:50am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 7:53am
A new review of studies challenges prior research that belly fat is worse for your heart.
The new research finds that any excess fat-- whether it's distributed evenly throughout your body, or just concentrated at your waistline, is bad for your heart.
The review shows that a high body mass index (BMI) can predict heart risks just as well as a large waist.
The findings contrast previous work that suggests abdominal fat is a better predictor of heart disease than overall obesity.
The study was published online in the journal, Lancet.