More people might want to look into obesity treatment after it has been suggested that it is an individual's overall weight, rather than the distribution of this excess weight, that represents a real threat to their health.
The study, which was part-funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), goes someway to disproving the idea that people with an apple shaped body who carry more weight around their waists are at a higher risk of a heart attack than those who had excess weight elsewhere.
Indeed, anyone with an obese body mass index (BMI) is putting their heart health at risk, the research confirmed.
A BMI of 30 or above is deemed to be obese.
Dr Mike Kapton, associate medical director at the BHF, commented: "Regardless of how you measure it, being obese is bad for your heart.
"This study suggests that measuring your waist is no better than calculating your BMI but it's not time to throw away the tape measure just yet."
Dr Kapton explained that this is because measuring yourself allows you to easily monitor your health at home.
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Heart treatment news : 21 March 2011