(WECT) - When it comes to extra weight and health problems, even a little can mean a lot.
Doctors say those who have extra weight in their waist could be at an increased risk of heart problems.
Larger waist sizes are now associated with heart failure in middle-aged and older people.
A study published online in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure, showed that increased waist size was a predictor of heart failure, even if the person was not considered obese.
Scientists examined thousands of Swedish men and women, recording their measurements, along with their heart health history.
They noticed that most who had heart problems were obese, but those who carried most of their weight in their mid-section, even if they were normal weight, were more likely to suffer heart failure and at an earlier age.
Keeping your waistline trim is one of the primary preventable risk factors for developing heart disease.
A sustained weight loss of even 10 or 20 pounds can lower your risk of developing heart disease.