Waistline Clearly Linked to Mortality Risk
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
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A nine-year study of 48,500 U.S men and 56,343 U.S. women has shown that the larger your waistline1 the higher your risk for mortality. This study adds a new twist to what is already fairly obvious. It showed once again that those who are obese have double the rate of early death. However, it also showed (especially in women) that having and expanded waistline (even if you are normal weight) was associated with a 25% increased risk of mortality.
This study implies that regardless of your weight, any belly bulge is not a good thing as you grow older. If you appear to have a normal weight for your height, meaning that your BMI Body Mass Index. BMI is a statistical measurement of body weight based on the person's height and weight. It does not actually measure the body fat percentage but provides an estimation of a healthy body weight. Normal BMI for adults ranges from 18.5-24.9 is fine, it could be deceiving. If your abdominal fat is growing—it’s a problem.
Previously I have reported that disease clearly progresses as your waistline reaches half of your height in inches. This study says that doing everything you can to maintain a trim belly over the course of your life is likely to pay huge health dividends as you grow older.
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