Harvard Heart Letter

Being sedentary may be as bad for the heart as being overweight

Research we’re watching Even if you’re at a healthy weight, being out of shape may increase your risk of heart disease just as much as if you were overweight, a study in the March 1 Journal of the American College of Cardiology reports. The study included data from people ages 40 to 79 who were at a healthy weight or overweight based on their body mass index (see www.health.harvard.edu/bmi for a calculator). The…

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