Pot belly or fat around the waist is no good. It spoils the appearance and is bad for the heart as it can up the risk of heart attack.
New research has also linked abdominal fat to increasing risk of cancer.
Even if one is not overweight, abdominal fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. This is because the pot belly is laden with bad fat which makes it a killer.
There was a connection between location of body fat and risks of cancer and heart disease. Fat around the abdomen meant there was fat around the internal organs and this is linked to risk of heart disease and cancer.
Maureen Talbot, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: "We already know that excess stomach fat increases your risk of developing heart disease but this research confirms there is a greater risk even if you have a normal BMI.
"The dangers of abdominal fat can't be ignored and nor can the importance of measuring waist circumference when it comes to assessing heart disease risk. You can help keep control of your weight by eating a healthy balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise."