Obesity, Fat Patterning and Cardiovascular Risk

  • June Stevens

Abstract

The hypothesis that where adipose tissue is located on the body is an important predictor of health has been the subject of intense research over the past 10 to 15 years. The concept of an “apple shaped” body being associated with higher risk than a “pear shaped” body has appeared in the lay literature, and as a result, questions concerning fat distribution are being directed to physicians and other health care professionals. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the history and major findings in the area of fat distribution, and to point out current controversies and future directions of research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • June Stevens
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  1. 1.Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, School of Public Health and School of MedicineUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA

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