Packing on the pounds can cost you more than just a new wardrobe, according to

Here’s a risk that increases along with your skirt size:


Type 2 diabetes: Studies show that larger waist circumference accounts for the increased incidence of type 2 diabetes among Americans.

Death from heart disease: Normal-weight people who carry excess fat in the abdomen are at almost three times greater risk of dying from heart disease, and two times greater risk of dying from any cause, than those of normal weight with a normal waist-to-hip ratio.