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Brits unaware of 'spare tyre' danger

Published on 21/04/2010
The British public are largely oblivious to the dangers of carrying excess fat around their midriff.

A survey of over 2,000 people has found that 97 per cent are unaware that having a 'spare tyre', ie extra weight around the waste, can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The lack of knowledge comes despite the fact that 71 per cent of those polled admitted to having a larger than desired waistline.

Behind the survey are charities the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK, who are launching a new campaign called Active Fat to raise awareness of the issue.

Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director for the BHF, said: "That harmless spare tyre around your waist is actually a major health hazard.

"While you might be relaxing at home, your fat cells are working overtime to pump out excess hormones and other chemicals that can cause disease."

This could be just one of the reasons why those suffering from weight problems may benefit from health insurance.

It was also revealed this week that a gene that causes people to be overweight increases the risk of them developing Alzheimer's disease.
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