But now, researchers have identified a specific danger facing people who have pronounced amounts of belly fat. After measuring the blood flow of 315 Dutch men and women, scientists found that those with “apple-shaped” bodies suffered from higher blood pressure in their kidneys, HealthDay News notes.
Higher blood pressure in the kidneys can lead to kidney disease. People with increased waist-to-hip rations were at greater risk for constricted blood flow to the kidney, raising their risk for future kidney problems.
The researchers noted that overall body weight did not seem to increase the risk to the kidneys, just the way the weight was distributed. The study has been published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Last year, British researchers identified five factors that could predict a person’s likelihood of becoming obese at birth. The factors include birth weight, parental body masses and the mother’s professional status.