Saffolalife Study 2018 reveals 77% Mumbaikars with belly fat are at heart risk

By Aryeman

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Key findings of the study:
·         3 out of 4 people in Mumbai with belly fat are at heart risk

·         76% of Mumbai residents under  45 who have belly fat are at heart risk

·         8 out of 10 working professionals in Mumbai with belly fat are at heart risk

·         79% people  with belly fat in Mumbai don’t consider belly fat amongst the top 3 reasons for heart risk

·         70% Mumbaikars  who are at heart risk due to belly fat skip breakfast at least once a week

·         92% Mumbaikars who have belly fat eat outside food at least once a week

·         61% Mumbaikars who are at heart risk due to belly fat do not get sound sleep


This World Heart Day, Saffolalife releases their flagship study to raise awareness of heart health in India. The key finding that emerges from the study is that belly fat has an impact on heart health. The Saffolalife Study 2018 reveals that 77% of Mumbaikars with belly fat are at heart risk. The study also highlights the factors common to those with belly fat and the resultant impact on heart health.

Commenting on the findings of the study, Dr. Shashank Joshi (Endocrinologist, Padma Shree Awardee) said, “The study states that 67% of Indians with belly fat are at heart risk and thus this World Heart Day, we request every individual to become aware that they too can be at heart risk if they have belly fat. What is also revealed is that even if you have a BMI within the normal range and have belly fat, you may be at heart risk. It is important to be aware of this correlation so that you can take proactive steps towards heart health.”

Renowned Cardiologist Dr. C.K Ponde (Senior Consultant Cardiologist), P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre said, Saffolalife has been consistently raising awareness about pertinent issues related to Indians’ heart health. This year’s key finding of the impact of abdominal fat on heart risk is especially critical for Mumbaikars, who at 77%, are at the highest risk among the four cities surveyed. With this knowledge, I urge Mumbaikars to take active steps towards taking care of their heart health.”

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On leading a heart healthy lifestyle, Nutritionist Pooja Makhija said, “This World Heart Day, the Saffolalife study shows a strong correlation between belly fat and heart health risk, hence managing belly fat is critical. Therefore, I urge every individual to start making small but significant changes in their lifestyle so that they can address the belly fat issue. This is easily done by eating right, avoiding junk food, exercising regularly, sleeping well and reducing stress. Start looking after your heart, eat high-fibre foods, go for a walk and get the sleep your body needs.”