A new research presented to the European Society of Cardiology states that the people with extra belly fat which is known as Central Obesity have the highest heart disease risk. Even more surprising people with normal body mass index or BMI but with central obesity were 76% more likely to have major heart disease events than people who mild overweight but with normally distributed body fat. This includes events like heart attack, stroke, and death.

This study included nearly 17100 people who didn’t have heart disease at the beginning of the study. Scientists said that the link is a combination of DNA inhabits. Central obesity has been linked to being sedentary, sitting most of the day and with more muscle mass.

The researcher studies study involved people with normal weight, normal fat distribution and the ones with central obesity. The study found that people with normal weight and central obesity were more prone to risks of heart diseases as compared to people with normal weight.

It is very important to cut down salt and sodium intake, also avoid processed and canned foods. Sodium contributes to fluid retention and bloating in the abdomen.

Genetics can make you more likely to carry your weight in the belly as well. So, what should you do, no matter who you are, you can improve your heart health by walking more and making good dietary choices. And no matter your weight, if your waist is bigger than your hips, see a doctor to discuss heart disease risk.