Women with short legs have a higher risk of developing heart disease than their leggier sisters, researchers say.

A study of more than 4,000 women by Bristol University looked at leg length because it is an indicator of childhood diet and living conditions.

Other factors, such as being older, obese and smoking were found to increase heart disease risk.

But writing in Heart, the researchers said women’s risk decreased by 16% for every extra 4.3cm in leg length.

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