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VIA:  WebMD.Com

By Miranda Hitti

WebMD Health News

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD

Sept. 14, 2005 — If you do just one thing to fight fat, exercise might be the way to go, judging by a new study.

Consider the study’s results:

  • Inactivity led to a buildup of fat deep inside the belly.
  • Modest amounts of exercise held the line on deep belly fat.
  • Higher amounts of exercise cut deep belly fat and fat around the waist.

The study appears in The Journal of Physiology. It took place at Duke University under the supervision of exercise physiologist Cris Slentz, PhD, and colleagues.

Deep belly fat (technically called “visceral fat” or fat surrounding organs within the abdomen) has been linked to health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of risk factors that greatly increase the chance of developing these diseases.

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