Study: Obesity, large waist elevate mortality risk in black women

09/7/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Obesity and large waist size are linked to an increased mortality risk in black women, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Experts said for every five-unit gain in body mass and waist circumference, death risk increased by up to 18% and 12% respectively during the study period. Overweight black women were also twice as likely as their normal-weight counterparts to die from cardiovascular disease, while obese women face a threefold increased risk of CVD-related mortality, researchers added.

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