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Women with apple-shaped bodies are 'more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who are pear-shaped'

Mirror logo Mirror 04/03/2018 Martin Bagot

© Provided by Getty Women with an apple-shaped body are more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who are pear-shaped, says a report.

Those with a larger waist are more at risk than those who store weight on the hips, says the Oxford University study of adults aged 40 to 69.

Author Dr Sanne Peters said: “Having proportionally more fat around the abdomen – a characteristic of the apple shape – appears to be more hazardous.”

And the waist-to-hip ratio is an 18% stronger predictor of heart attacks than body mass index in women, but just 6% stronger in men, suggests the study, in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Dr Peters added: “Our findings show that looking at how fat tissue is distributed in the body – especially in women – can give us more insight into the risk of heart attack than measures of general obesity. "

As a result, doctors should be able to target treatment more effectively.

a close up of a piece of paper: Credits: Getty © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Getty People are classed as obese with a BMI of 30 and above and – in women, a waist of at least 31.5in or above 37in for men.

They face higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and certain cancers.

One in four British adults is obese.

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