Balochistan Times (Pakistan)
Fat tummy’s girth could indicate health risks, courtesy a new method developed by scientists to quantify the risk specifically associated with abdominal obesity,
A follow-up study, published
The results tracked closely with the earlier study, which used data from the
This provides stronger evidence that ABSI is a valid indicator of the risk of premature death across different populations. Further, they showed that ABSI outperformed commonly used measures of abdominal obesity, including waist circumference, waist-hip and height ratio.
Also, because the data came from two surveys seven years apart, the researchers were able to assess the effect of change in ABSI on mortality.
They found an increase in ABSI correlated with increased risk of death, and that the more recent ABSI measurement was a more reliable predictor.
Noting this, the researchers contend that more investigation is warranted into whether lifestyle or other interventions could reduce ABSI and help people live longer.
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