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Large waistline almost doubles risk of death

Having a large waistline almost doubles the risk of premature death even in people with a normal body mass index a European study of 350,000 people suggests.

In adults with an average age of 51 years and with the same BMI, the risk of premature death increased linearly as waist circumference increased – each 5cm increase in waist circumference increased the mortality risk by 17% in men and 13% in women, the research showed.

Furthermore, within the hip ratio range of 0.78 to 1.10 in men and 0.66 to 0.98 in women, each 0.1 unit higher waist-hip-ratio was related to a 34% higher mortality risk in men and a 24% higher risk in women.

The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2008.

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