Abdominal obesity, also known as beer belly or beer gut, or in clinical language as central obesity, is a condition where excessive abdominal fat has built up around the stomach and abdomen. Not many know that there is a strong correlation between abdominal fat and cardiovascular disease. It also has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.
The results of a new study published In Annals of Internal Medicine showed that people with normal-weight central obesity (meaning that they were considered normal weight by BMI calculation, yet had abdominal obesity, by waist-to-hip ratio calculation)- had a higher risk of death that people who were considered obese in the ABSENCE of abdominal fat distribution.
Normal-Weight Central Obesity: Implications for Total and Cardiovascular Mortality. The relationship between central obesity and survival in community-dwelling adults with normal body mass index (BMI) is not well-known. Click here to open the full research article in PDF format.