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Americans’ Waistlines Are Expanding, And That’s Not Good Fat
National Public Radio

If your belt needs to be let out a notch, you’re not alone. The average American waistline is growing even though obesity rates haven’t grown, too. And excess abdominal fat increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

The collective American waistline grew by an more than inch from 1999-2000 to 2011-2012, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study results come at a time when the percentage of Americans who are overweight or obese has stabilized. In short, people haven’t been getting fatter, but their waistlines are still increasing.