Study: Not all obesity alike

March 14, 2011 4:47:15 AM PDT
There's a challenge to the notion that not all obesity is alike.

An international study suggests being overweight boosts the likelihood of a heart attack or stroke regardless of where the excess fat is stored.

This challenges the notion that so called "apple-shaped" people who carry their fat in their midsections face a bigger risk for heart problems.

The study in the Lancet medical journal found the risk of heart attack was not increased by being fat around the waist.

Still experts warn obesity is bad for the heart no matter where the fat is.