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Location of Fat in Women Determines Heart Problems

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.

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UPI - December 2, 1998

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