Mayo Clinic Minute: Why excess belly fat is a health risk for women

It’s common for women to put on weight as they age, especially around the midsection. That dreaded so-called “belly fat” can come with some serious health risks …

Dr. Ekta Kapoor says even women who have a normal body mass index, or BMI, can be at risk, which is why BMI alone doesn’t tell the whole story.

So how can you lose excess fat and keep it from coming back? Dr. Kapoor says the key is to eat fewer calories and build muscle mass, which we lose as we age.

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