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Never mind the fat. It’s being fit that matters

Never mind the fat. It’s being fit that matters

It is OK to be fat – so long as you are fit, according to a study. How many inches you measure round your waist may matter less than how often you visit the gym or play football. Rising obesity is one of the world’s greatest health challenges but it may be that fatness is the wrong target for concern and fitness is what really counts. Researchers have found that up to half of people who are defined as “obese”…

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‘Spare tyre’ triples the risk of heart attack

‘Spare tyre’ triples the risk of heart attack

Men and women who are not overweight but store most of their fat around their waist are at greater risk of heart disease or stroke than the clinically obese. This could be because those who are overweight or obese have more weight on their thighs and hips which helps offset the problem, researchers said. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic in the United States examined the health records of 12,785 people with an average age of 44, over a 14-year period….

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