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Belly Fat Harms Bones

How can a spare tire hurt your bones? Research suggests that premenopausal women who carry extra fat in their midsection are at increased risk for osteoporosis.

That’s because belly fat is different from the stuff that cushions your thighs or butt.

"[Abdominal fat] is really bad fat and very metabolically active," Dr. Cosman says. "It produces all kinds of hormones that can increase inflammation in the body, and the end result of inflammation is increased bone dissolution."

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