ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new study confirms it’s not how fat you are, but where that fat is stored that’s dangerous to your health.

Belly fat is more likely to lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes than fat that’s stored in your legs and hips.

SLU Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Lim at SSM Health-SLU Hospital has this advice.

“Pay attention to the belly fat, pay attention to the circumference around your belly button and around yourself and eliminate it. The easiest way to do that is to eat fewer calories, especially ones that are high in carbohydrates that we quickly turn into sugars and end up storing there in the belly.”

While belly fat in men is dangerous, this study found it is even more dangerous in women.

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