Obesity, age, smoking and other factors did not reduce


People who have agonised over their fat thighs might be able to relax a bit. Danish doctors said,  they found patients with the thinnest thighs died sooner than the more endowed. Obesity, age, smoking and other factors did not reduce the effect, the researchers reported in the British Medical Journal.

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Obesity and fat thighs.

Our results suggest that there might be an increased risk of premature death related to thigh size.  Berit Heitmann of Copenhagen University Hospital and Peder Frederiksen of Glostrup University Hospital wrote.

The explanation may lie in many different studies that suggest where you gain your weight is a strong factor in how it affects health. People with lots of abdominal fat — wrapped in and around the internal organs — appear to be at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other ills.

So-called pear-shaped people may have lower risks, even if they have more body fat overall.

Heitmann and Frederiksen studied 1,436 men and 1,380 women taking part in a larger medical research study who were examined in 1987 and 1988, then watched them for more than 12 years.

Men and women whose thighs were less than 24 inches (60 cm) in circumference were more likely to die during those 12 years, they found.


Those with the thinnest thighs — less than 18 inches (46 cm) — were more than twice likely to have died within 12 years, they reported in the study.

Dozens of studies have shown waist size can also be a good predictor of heart disease and death.

Women with a waist circumference of greater than 35 inches (89 cm) and men whose waists are more than 40 inches (101 cm) have a much higher risk of heart disease. The diabetes and early death than people with smaller waists — regardless of how much body fat they have overall.

Obesity, this is again linked to abdominal fat.

Fat laid down under the skin, as when it is found on the legs, may be healthier for the body, although the mechanism is unclear.

The Danish team said they hoped thigh measurements might be an equally good indicator. But Dr. Ian Scott of Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, disagreed, saying the statistics in the Danish study were too limited.

He said larger studies would need to be done before doctors could decide that thigh measurement was any kind of good predictor of health.

“It seems unlikely that thigh circumference will be clinically useful,” Scott wrote in a commentary. Tim Olds, a professor of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia, saw some value in the study, however.

This is a very interesting line of research, because it would suggest that interventions which protect or increase muscle mass  may be effective in reducing cardiovascular disease even if no loss of body fat occurs.

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2 thoughts on “Obesity, age, smoking and other factors did not reduce

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    This is a bunch of Crap! Have these scientists taken any consideration in height, bonestructure, weight or DNA? I’m 168 cm tall, weigh 55 kg and measure 46 cm around my thigh. All of my grandparents where thin and they lived until close to 100. Most fat people I see, those with above 60 cm in thighmeasure- dies earlier.

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    Well that’s just great. I just started losing weight.. and now my thighs are thinner than 24 inches! But my waist is thinner than 35 inches, so that’s a plus…
    but I guess I’m one of these people who gains weight around the middle. Damn! I guess I’ll have to exercise my legs more so they don’t get too skinny while I lose the rest of my excess fat.

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