Even Just a Little Belly Fat Increases Heart Disease Risk

While a body mass index in the normal range is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, the American Heart Association reports that individuals should also mind their waist circumference. Experts point out that excess fat in the midsection, even in those with a BMI in the normal range, can signify more fatty tissue within the abdomen, which has been shown to elevate the risk for heart disease and stroke. American Heart Association, April 2021