In the past, researchers and doctors liked to focus in BMI (body-mass index) a measure of whether you are at the right weight for your height. While this measure is good for most people, it incorrectly places athletes into "high risk" categories. A (perhaps) better measure is to look at your waist circumference. In a study of 245,533 people aged 51 to 72, the 20% of men with the largest waist circumference were 22% more likely to die over a 9 year period.
Researchers believe that belly fat is a sign that a person has fat around their organs (called visceral fat). This seems to be a higher risk for men and (oddly) for Asians.
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