Weight loss is an American obsession. As proof, just watch television or read a popular magazine and pay attention to the number of advertisements for weight-loss products, potions, plans and programs.
Beyond the number on the scale or the negative effect on your appearance, belly fat, in particular, can increase your risk of serious health problems. Belly fat can contribute to developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, colorectal cancer or sleep apnea, in addition to increasing the risk of stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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