When it comes to heart attack risk, higher waist and hip measurements are more strongly linked to danger than overall obesity – especially in women.
That’s according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and conducted in the United Kingdom. Looking at data on nearly 500,000 adults between ages 40 and 69, the researchers found that obesity, and specifically abdominal fat, significantly increased heart attack risk in both men and women. But higher waist circumference and waist-to-hip size ratio had more of an effect on risk in women than in men.
The researchers say that differences in the quantity and distribution of fat tissue in men and women may have substantial implications for heart attack risk. This research confirms earlier studies indicating that abdominal fat in both men and women is more dangerous than excess fat stored in the hips.