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Belly Fat May Weaken Bones

Posted: 07.29.2015

Scientists used to think that heavier people had denser bones, but new research suggests that having deep belly (visceral) fat may weaken bones.  Researchers looked at CT scans of the abdomens and chests of about 7,200 men and women ages 18 to 65.  People with more deep belly fat had worse bone density than those with less belly fat.  This held true even if the participants had a 'spare tire' around the middle but were in a normal weight range.  The researchers also found that greater visceral fat was also associated with poorer-quality muscle.

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