Study: Hip-to-waist ratio indicates heart attack risk

11/4/2005 | MSNBC

Having a slim waist and well-toned hips are better predictors of a low risk of heart attack than a low body-mass index, according to a new study. Researchers looking at a variety of ethnic groups across different countries found that body-mass index doesn't take into account where fat is located on a body or how muscular a person is, so the hip-to-waist ratio is a better indicator of fitness.

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