February 1999 Issue
Body shape may be a better predictor of heart disease risk in women than weight, say Harvard researchers, a finding previously reported for men. In a study of over 40,000 middle-aged female nurses, women with a waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) of 0.88 or higher (apple-shaped women) were three times more likely to have a heart attack or die from heart disease over an eight-year period than women with a WHR below 0.72 (pear-shaped
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