Being fat is still better than being thin and out of shape: Study

If you are skinny but carrying too much weight around your middle than it can put your health at risk.
Updated on Dec 18, 2015 05:00 PM IST
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IANS | ByHT Correspondent, New York
Normal-weight adults with central obesity have the worst long-term survival rate compared with any group. (Shutterstock)
Normal-weight adults with central obesity have the worst long-term survival rate compared with any group. (Shutterstock)

Do you have lots of fat around your waistline that makes you look skinny-fat? A new study says that thin people who carry extra pounds around their belly have a greater mortality risk than those who are overweight with normal fat distribution.

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Researchers examined data from a large group of Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) participants to compare the total and cardio-vascular mortality risks with different combinations of body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratios (WHR).

Too much weight around your middle can put your health at risk. (Shutterstock)
Too much weight around your middle can put your health at risk. (Shutterstock)

They found that normal-weight adults with central obesity have the worst long-term survival rate compared with any group, regardless of BMI.

The data showed that a normal-weight person with central obesity had twice the mortality risk of participants who were overweight or obese according to BMI only.

The article was published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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