As If You Need Another Reason to Work Out, This Study Just Gave You One

If there was ever a better reason to get to class and shed that extra weight, nows the time: a new study shares the strongest evidence yet about how bad belly fat really is for you. Since there’s the fact that body shape is partially genetic, researchers wanted to see if they were able to trace these increased risks back to their DNA. So they analyzed genomic data and medical records from more than 400,000 people.

Wowzers.

Their findings suggested that people who carried combinations of genes that predisposed them to higher waist-to-hip ratios were 77 percent more likely to have diabetes and 46 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, than those who weren’t predisposed. They were also more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood glucose levels.

But within the same breath, while the weight you store around your stomach is influenced by your genes, it is also heavily influenced by your diet and exercise routines.

Moral of the story: if you don’t get to class and eat right, you will carry extra weight in the belly. So do your body good, every single day.

Allison Cooper is a full time blogger at Project Motherhood and freelance writer. You can find her balancing her time equally between writing, spending time with her family, running, or sipping on strong coffee! Connect with her on twitter for daily chit chat and mama musings!