For many years, researchers have measured waist size and belly fat to understand a person’s risk for heart disease.For example, abdominal obesity is a risk factor for heart disease. However, the impact of a large waist depends on race and ethnicity. Now researchers have reported new cut-offs for when waist size becomes important in terms of increasing the risk of a heart attack and stroke for Hispanic/Latino adults. The results show that, among U.S. Hispanic/Latino adults, waist circumference (distance around your stomach at the belly button) of 102 cm (40 inches) for men and 97 cm (38 inches) in women are the important cut-off points.
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