The world of hip-hop is undeniably a world of excess. Everyday we see artists indulge in lots of women, lots of jewelry and cars and lots of money. Yet one thing we seem to ignore is a few artists’ obvious overindulgence in food. Currently Miami bred rapper Rick Ross is at the top of his game; with a few platinum albums under his belt Ross has definitely come a long way from the hoods of Miami. One thing Ross is also at the top of is his weight class….and not in a good way.
According to statics provided by the Center for Disease Control about one-third of U.S. adults (33.8 percent) are obese and amongst African American men, 37 percent are considered obese. Anyone looking at Ross can see that he is well over the obese line and while Ross, and even some of his fans, may find the tatted up Buddha belly attractive, there is no question that it is extremely unhealthy. While fat in general is a health concern, belly fat in particular is dangerous because of the specific dangers it poses to vital organs.
Research has found that people with belly fat are more likely to have fat hidden around their organs. This fat, called visceral or intra-abdominal fat, is linked to high cholesterol, high insulin, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and other problems. In an article by USA Today author Nanci Hellmich quoted George Blackburn, associate director of the division of nutrition at Harvard Medical School as saying:
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