BBC: Carrying extra fat around your middle dramatically increases your risk of early death, even if your overall weight is normal, say researchers.
A study of almost 360,000 people from nine European countries found waist size a "powerful indicator" of risk.
Each extra 2ins (5cm) raised the chance of early death by between 13% and 17%.
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UPDATE:> The Telegraph notes how this latest study tends to discredit the more traditional Body Mass Index as a measure of health since many people with normal BMI's were still at high risk due simply to their waist measurement.