How Your Body Shape (as well as other factors) Can Predict Heart Disease Risk

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Central obesity, also known as apple-shaped obesity, was always thought to be the most dangerous one in relation to heart disease and stroke. In this type of obesity, the fat not only accumulates around the stomach, but it also gathers around your internal organs, which makes it so ominous. Pear-shaped people, who have bigger hips and buttocks, often believed they were somewhat safer.


A study published in The Lancet medical journal in 2011, cast doubt on this popular conviction. It might be that all types of obesity are equally dangerous, and being a pear is just as bad as being an apple.

The Lancet study brought together over 200 scientists from 17 countries who analyzed health data from more than 220,000 people. The participants were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study and were then followed for nearly a decade. During the follow up, 14,297 cardiovascular events occurred.

The Conclusion of the Research

The scientists assessed different risk factors and they came to the conclusion that:

  • All types of obesity were associated with heart disease.
  • Central obesity or belly fat, which is usually reflected in the waist-to-hip ratio, was no more (or less) dangerous than general obesity or pear-shaped obesity.

Di Angelantonio, MD, PhD, lecturer at the University of Cambridge and one of the study’s co-authors, explained the findings:

“Either BMI (which measures general obesity) or waist circumference or waist-to-hip ratio have a similar association with the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

How to Predict Your Probability of Heart Disease

According to the study, the other important risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Di Angelantonio says that information on these risk factors and obesity – in whatever form it presents itself – are enough to predict the probability of heart disease.

If you want to reduce your risk of developing heart disease you need to follow these 7 steps to prevent diabetes and you should also keep your blood pressure under control by following the advice in this article. You can also consume this natural substance to lower your cholesterol.

So does this prove that belly fat is just the same as any other fat?

Not exactly.

As it’s often the case with research, other studies found contradicting results. In 2012, a study on belly fat was presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

The authors of the study claimed that belly fat was more dangerous than other types of fat. High body mass index (BMI) was not as strong in predicting a heart related disease.


The authors suggested that it was far more important to watch one’s belly fat than to monitor the overall BMI. In fact, people with a normal BMI and high abdominal obesity, were in more danger compared to their counterparts with a BMI in the obese range.

The bottom line is to maintain a healthy body weight. Obesity is a global epidemic and one in ten adults worldwide is now considered to be obese.

As a rule of thumb, your BMI should be between 18.5 and 24.9. Also, a woman’s waist circumference shouldn’t be over 35 inches, and a man’s not over 40 inches. The waist-to-hip ratio should be below 0.85 in women and below 0.90 in men (calculated by dividing waist in inches by hips in inches).

Here are the formulas to calculate BMI:



If you want to get rid of your belly fat, you can follow the system in my eBook “Blast Your Belly Fat”. This is the ultimate guide for losing stubborn belly fat for good.

I’ve also written a number of articles on how to lose weight and here are the most popular ones:

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One Response to How Your Body Shape (as well as other factors) Can Predict Heart Disease Risk

  1. shola says:

    Want to get rid of belly fat

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