Belly Fat An Issue, Even If You’re Not Obese

Risk of death may be higher than for people who are overweight

You may not be considered overweight, but even a little bit of extra fat around your middle could mean trouble. Washington University School of Medicine research has found people who carry extra weight around the waist may be at higher risk of death than overweight or obese people whose fat is concentrated on the hips and thighs. Researchers say the risk increased for men whose waist circumference is more than 40 inches; 35 inches in women. Fat that builds around the abdominal organs is particularly linked to diabetes, heart disease and other metabolic abnormalities than fat that lies under the skin.