Waist Size Linked With Longevity

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The New York Times

August 9, 2010

By  TARA PARKER-POPE

Even if you don’t need to watch your weight, you still need to watch your waist.

That’s the conclusion of a new study from the American Cancer Society, which tracked the health of more than 100,000 people over nine years. Having a large waist size doubled the risk of dying from any cause during the study period compared to those with smaller waists, according to the report, which was published in The Archives of Internal Medicine. Having a larger waist was associated with a higher risk of death whether the person was normal weight, overweight or obese.

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