Women who carry their weight around their torso rather than their hips are more likely to be at risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack, according to Harvard researchers, who confirmed this finding in a recent study.
Women who have an apple-shaped torso are at greater risk than women with pear-shaped torsos, regardless of whether the women are overweight or not. Dr. Kathryn Rexrode led the eight-year study, which included 44,000 women. She recommended that a loss of even five pounds could make the difference in the health of a woman, and also urged women to quick smoking. Rexrode pointed out that smoking is associated with accumulated fat around the torso.