It has long been known that being overweight or obese puts us at risk for a variety of serious illnesses. But excess abdominal fat boosts the likelihood of heart failure, when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs, according to a review of research on the subject. And the rise can be significant. In fact, in a new analysis of 12 studies, which involved more than 360,000 people, every 4-inch increase in waist size added to the odds of heart failure by 29 percent.
Source: Circulation, published on-line Jan. 8, 2016 Consumer Reports on Health July 2016
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