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Sex differences general and central obesity Excess adipose tissue is a major risk factor for myocardial infarction (MI). There are substantial differences in the distribution of adipose tissue between women and men. in this study, we assessed the sex-specific relationships, and their differences, between measures of general and central adiposity and the risk of incident MI. Measures of central adiposity (waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, and waist-to-height ratio), but not of general adiposity (body mass index), were more strongly associated with the risk of MI in women than in men. Measures of central adiposity, particularly waist-to-hip ratio, were more strongly associated with the risk of MI than general adiposity, especially among women. Thus, this study suggests that the sex dimorphism in the quantity and distribution of adipose tissue not only results in differences in body shape between women and men, but may also have differential implications for the risk of MI in later life.