Even if someone is not overweight, too much fat in the stomach could damage his heart, researchers say. Dr. Jose Medina-Inojosa said that people of normal weight but obese obesity have more chances of having heart problems than people without, even if they are obese after the BMI.
The survey involved 1,700 people, ages 45 and over, who were being persecuted from 2000 to 2016. Those who had a normal BMI but high belly fat scores twice as likely to have a heart attack, contract clogged arteries, or die Heart problems compared to people without belly fat.
The results were presented at the Conference of the European Society of Cardiology in Ljubljana.
The researcher said that if someone has fat around their thighs and is taller than the size of their hips, they should consult the doctor to assess the risk of cardiovascular health and fat distribution. If he has central obesity, the goal is to lose the waist circumference instead of losing weight.
Medina-Inojosa added that doctors should not assume that people with normal BMI have no risk for heart problems.
He noted that new research shows that doctors should also measure central obesity to get a better picture of whether a patient is at risk.