Beer guts are deadly, but often overlooked

Having a 'beer belly' confers a higher risk of death than regular obesity but many people with central obesity are overlooked because they have a normal BMI, US researchers warn.

Doctors are being told that measuring waist-to-hip ratio is the key to identifying patients with central obesity who would otherwise be missed with routine BMI measures.

In a 14-year follow-up of 15,184 individuals, US researchers found that some of the worst long-term survival rates were in people with normal weight but central obesity — even exceeding those with