Harvard Women's Health Watch

Why middle-age spread is a health threat

Those extra inches around the middle may signal increased fat around abdominal organs and rising health risks. Itís a rare woman over age 50 who has the same waist measurement she had as a teenager. But in the past decade or so, womenís waistlines have been expanding regardless of age. A 2014 report from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that from 1999 to 2012, the average body mass index…

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