Hugging and Chalking

This blog is about obesity and the inanity/insanity it spawns, the encroaching lawsuits and growing diet industry. Obesity is a matter of genes and personal responsibility. You can have an endocrine problem, or you can have a balance problem (too many calories and too little exercise). It’s not where you eat, but how much you eat; it’s not McDonald’s fault, or Mama’s fault, or Washington’s fault if your body is too fat or too thin. Rosabelle.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Abdominal obesity--16 years of follow up

"Five investigators at the NIH studied the risk of one form of obesity, that of the abdomen, in more than 44,000 women in the Nurses Health Study, for all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality. Reported in the journal Circulation in 2008, their study spanned 16 years of follow-up with 3500 deaths. After adjusting for body mass index and potential confounders, they found a significant increase in relative risk for increased waist circumference rising at the fifth quintile to 79% for all-cause, 63% for cancer, and 99% for cardiovascular mortality. Even normal-weight women with elevated waist circumference experienced a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular death." []
Circulation. 117(13):1624-1626, April 1, 2008.