Yes, you read that correctly.
According to a new study which was published in the British Medical Journal, people who have broad hips or bigger thighs tend to live longer.
However, the very same study suggested that people who have an enlarged tummy are at a higher risk of premature death – regardless if other parts of your body are thin.
The research observed data from more than 2.5million people and apparently each 10cm increase in hip circumference was associated with a 10 percent lower risk of mortality. Interestingly though, each 5cm increase in thigh size was linked to an 18 percent lower risk.
For years, dieticians and academics have revealed waist circumference is a more accurate way to measure obesity, and risk for illnesses like as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as opposed to monitoring a person's body mass index (BMI).
"People should be more concerned about their waist rather than focusing only on weight or BMI," Study author Tauseef Ahmad Khan, from the department of nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto revealed in a statement.
"Waist is a better indicator of belly fat and while one cannot target where one loses fat from, losing weight through diet and exercise will also reduce waist and therefore belly fat," he continued.
Dr Khan also noted that the fat found around the belly, "is stored around the organs in the abdomen and its excess is linked to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Therefore, having more belly fat can increase the risk of dying from these diseases."
After the study was undertaken, the researchers noted that most measures of abdominal fat were "significantly and positively associated with a higher all-cause mortality risk" even after a person's BMI was taken into consideration.
"We found that the associations remained significant after body mass index was accounted for, which indicated that abdominal deposition of fat, independent of overall obesity, is associated with a higher risk," the study concluded.
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