Some types of fat increase the risk factors for heart disease more than others, finds a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. While belly fat and fat under the skin are both associated with new and worsening heart disease risk factors, the relationship was more pronounced in belly fat.
While just over 70 percent of U.S. adults are overweight and more than one third are obese, the new study shows that the region of the body where fat is distributed is a major factor in a person’s risk of heart disease.
Previous research has found that individuals who carry excess abdominal fat – particularly around the waist – face a greater risk of heart disease, compared with people who have fat elsewhere.
Study findings back up other studies that suggest the location and type of fat deposits provide essential information about heart disease risk that cannot be identified with simple measures like BMI.