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June 2016 Issue

Apples vs. Pears: Body Type Matters

Being overweight can raise your risk for a range of health problems, but evidence shows that it's not just how much fat you carry, but where it's located that counts most.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic assessed the mortality risk among more than 15,000 adults, comparing those with a normal Body Mass Index (BMI), but with central obesity, to those who were overweight or obese overall. Over an average period of 14.3 years, those with fat stores concentrated in the middle, but who were not necessarily heavy for their size, had a death risk up to double that of those who were overweight or obese based on BMI.

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