In Focus:

Belly fat in women: Taking — and keeping — it off

An expanding waistline is sometimes considered the price of getting older. For women, this can be especially true after menopause, when body fat tends to shift to the abdomen.

Yet an increase in belly fat does more than make it hard to zip up your jeans. Research shows that belly fat also carries serious health risks. The good news? The threats posed by belly fat can be reduced.

 

What's behind belly fat

 

Your weight is largely determined by how you balance the calories you eat with the energy you burn. If you eat too much and exercise too little, you're likely to carry excess weight — including belly fat.

However, aging also plays a role. Muscle mass might diminish slightly with age, while fat increases. Loss of muscle mass also decreases the rate at which your body uses calories, which can make it more challenging to maintain a healthy weight.

Read the whole article

More hot stories

Foods You Should Quit Buying Right Now, According To Nutritionists

If you care about what you eat, you’ve probably read many, many lists warning you about health foods that aren’t really that healthy. Hint: They usually contain more fat and sugar than you might have imagined. By now, you know that some kinds of yogurt contain as much sugar as ice...

Read More

Women at greater risk after heart attacks: study

Scientists at the University of Leeds and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden used data from Sweden's extensive online cardiac registry, SWEDEHEART, to analyse the outcomes of 180,368 patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10 year period to December 2013. After accounting for the expected number of deaths seen in the average...

Read More

Sex When You Have Cancer

For people going through cancer, sex can be a powerful affirmation of aliveness – many patients say it is one of the most important markers for their quality of life. Unfortunately, research shows that only about 14% of physicians talk to their cancer patients about their sex lives. Some patients...

Read More