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Hi John.

I'm trying to find information about the link between abdominal/mid-section fat and life expectency. I've come across many references in my readings to a negative effect, which doesn't surprise me in the least...I'd just like to know what the numbers are - ie how much does carrying fat around one's mid-section lower life expectancy on average?


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Answer
Fat distribution is a better indicator but you may need original research papers as background, rather than Morbidity and Mortality data.  But you can get this data from the MMR: Morbidity and Mortality Report.  Use Google to search. After choosing terms that interest you, add this: "site:.gov" for the MMR, use site:.edu to find out what others think (research).

I don't think you want "the link" though, you probably want risk ratios used by life insurance companies.

Hope this helps.
-John

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