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Do You Have Too Much Belly Fat?

What body-mass index tell you? Excessive body fat predicts increased risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. But it’s not just the amount of fat that matters—it’s the location that really matters. The common standard for measuring human body fat is called the body-mass index (BMI). It’s calculated as a…

Better Measures of Body Fat

Body-mass index (BMI) is the most widely used measure of body fatness Sometimes ways of doing things don’t change in the face of compelling evidence that a better way exists. Such seems to be the case with respect to measuring human body fat. Aside from aesthetics, excessive body fat predicts increased risk of chronic diseases…

Where’s The Fat?

Location, location, and location How much is less important than where it’s located With fat, location matters. Visceral fat occurs within the abdominal cavity. Subcutaneous fat occurs just beneath the skin. Researchers used data from 3,001 participants in the Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Third-Generation cohorts to determine links between these two types of fat…