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5 body trouble spots

22 December 2015, 12:31

Belly, thighs, booty or hips: we all have that one body spot to which excess fat goes directly. Here are five body trouble spots and what they say about your health and how you can keep them in shape:

Junk in the trunk
Does the extra padding at the back of your jeans weigh you down? Here’s some good news: a study found that women with larger hips and bottoms were less likely to suffer from heart attacks, diabetes or heart disease, osteoporosis and angina. Fat around the bottom and thighs is less of a health risk than fat around the stomach. This tends to break down and is circulated in the blood, which triggers health problems.

However the bottom is also the first place you gain weight and the hardest place to trim down.

Big belly
Does everything you eat go straight to your expanding waistline? This is the most dangerous place to store fat. It increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Flabby thighs
Take heart. Your large thighs might just protect your health. According to a Danish study having thin thighs leads to a higher risk of heart disease and premature death. An Australian study also found that larger thighs meant better metabolic function and a lower risk of diabetes.

Heavy hips
Does the saying a minute on the lips, and a lifetime on the hips ring true for you? A recent study has found a link between mental fog in menopausal women and fat around the hips. The study found that pear-shaped women carrying excess fat around the hips scored lower than apple-shaped women in a memory test.

Lady lumps
Your lovely lady lumps might be a serious health hazard. Researchers have found that a big bust increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that women who wore a size D cup by the age of twenty had three times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Women with large breasts also can experience severe back pain.

Exercises won’t reduce your breast size, but will help tone your chest. Losing weight can also reduce breast size.

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