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Belly fat can be life threatening, experts warn

Published on 05/01/2010
The majority of Europeans are unaware of the significant health risks associated with hidden, abdominal fat, it has been revealed.

Research commissioned by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare found that 88 per cent of people do not know that visceral fat - which is situated within the abdomen around the vital organs and core blood vessels in the body - can shorten their lives by increasing the likelihood of chronic disease.

Professor David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, said: "We are concentrating on visceral fat because of the serious long-term medical problems it leads to.

"It causes inflammation, particularly in the walls of the arteries which leads to heart disease and stroke. It also leads to diabetes, cancers, infertility and respiratory problems."

Although visceral fat is internal, waist measurement is considered one of the best clinical indicators of its presence.

As weight is lost, visceral fat is broken down by the body much more easily than subcutaneous fat, which is located under the skin.
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