1. Television exposure a major contributor to a thin body ideal in women

Watching Television can really impact your life, in a good way. A team of experts have been able to specifically found television as having a direct link with female body ideals, thereby eliminating external factors

One of the researchers,Dr Martin Toveer who also is a Reader in Visual Cognition at Newcastle University's Institute of Neuroscience, UK said "Our study shows that television is having a significant impact on what people think is the ideal woman's body".

"Findings revealed that the more television exposure people receive, the thinner a female body women and men prefer -- the amount of media access directly predicts body ideals." he further added.

2. Body shape index emerges as the new mortality indicator

New indicator to quantify the risk specifically associated with abdominal obesity have been developed by the Scientists. 

In the study published in the online journal PLOS ONE, the technique, known as 'A Body Shape Index,' is seen as a more effective predictor of mortality than body mass index, the most common measure used to define obesity.City College of New York.

Body Shape Index (BSI) is a metric for assessing the health implications of a given human body height, mass and waist circumference. The inclusion of the latter is believed to make the BSI a better indicator of the health risks from excess weight than the standard Body Mass Index, a value derived from the mass (weight) and height of an individual.

Dr. Nir Krakauer, an assistant professor at the CCNY's Grove School of Engineering, along with his father, Dr. Jesse Krakauer, MD, are behind this research to quantify the risk specifically associated with abdominal obesity.

3. Heavy body shape linked with highest mortality

Heavy body shape may now lead to mortality. Findings of a large study reveal that people who are lean for life have the lowest mortality, but those with a heavy body shape from childhood up to middle age have the highest mortality.

 A very obvious fact that a higher BMI is associated with a reduced life expectancy, but this was contradicted by one previous study that found when compared with normal weight, overweight was associated with reduced mortality, and only high levels obesity were associated with increased mortality.

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