Sugary drinks lead to more belly fat even without weight gain

This Feb. 13, 2014 file photo shows sugary sodas in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sugary drinks may bring on the belly fat, even if you don't gain weight.

A study from the American Heart Association found that people who drank a sugar-sweetened beverage every day gained 30% more abdominal fat over 6 years.

However, they didn't gain any weight overall.

The fat is the dangerous type which wraps around internal organs and raises heart attack and stroke risks.

Last year, researchers connected drinking diet soda to a rise in belly fat.

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