Belly Fat and Your Bones

Although associated with cardiovascular risk, obesity has traditionally been associated with stronger bones and protective against osteoporosis. However, this is being challenged by studies that suggest obesity–especially abdominal obesity–may actually weaken the bones. A cross-sectional, biopsy-based study has found that women with the most central fat accumulations had about 30% lower bone volume and greater bone stiffness than those who had the lowest abdominal fat. This early study could not establish causality.

PositiveTip: Losing those extra pounds may be good for your bones!