Heart attack WARNING: Women of THIS shape 'are more at risk'

Researchers found that while general obesity and obesity specifically around the abdomen each have 'profound' harmful effects on heart attack risk in both sexes, women were more negatively impacted by higher waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio than men.

The researchers said the findings suggest that the differences in the quantity and distribution of fat tissue not only results in differences in body shape between women and men, but may also have implications for the risk of a heart attack in later life.

The study involved nearly 500,000 British adults aged 40 to 69.

Study lead author Doctor Sanne Peters, Research Fellow in Epidemiology at the George Institute for Global Health at Oxford University, said: "Our findings support the notion that having proportionally more fat around the abdomen - a characteristic of the apple shape - appears to be more hazardous than more visceral fat which is generally stored around the hips, i.e. the pear shape."

She said further research on sex differences in obesity may yield insights into the biological mechanisms and could lead to sex-specific interventions to treat and halt the obesity epidemic.

One in four British adults is obese, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation.

The UK has the highest level of obesity in Western Europe, ahead of countries such as France, Germany, Spain and Sweden.

Obesity levels in the UK have more than trebled in the last 30 years and, on current estimates, more than half the population could be obese by 2050.

Being obese puts people at a higher risk for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancers.



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