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Having a Large Waist What are The Risks

Posted Nov 18 2008 3:29am

Some while ago now we wrote a post here on this blog about the risks of having a 35 inch waistline, or more for men waist line and women, women can get away with having a smaller waist as far as health risks are concerned, and men need to be concerned if this their waistline is over 35 inches.

Normally being overweight is something that you associate with belly fat or having a larger abdomen, but recently some alarming research has come to light that says even if you are not overweight. And have a large belly that you could also be at risk as far as your own mortality is concerned.

The researchers found that just measuring somebody’s waist measurement, was a far better indicator as to whether or not somebody will live a longer life, and is a far more accurate test than the governments BMI test which has been the standard for quite a long time now.

This recent development has opened up a whole new way of measuring whether somebody, will have health problems later on in life and it has been suggested that, doctors are now possibly measuring the wrong measurements. Due to the fact of what this study has actually found.

The study involved 350,000 people over nine European countries, the real kicker as far as this study was concerned is that even those people whom had, a healthy BMI using the other way of measuring body fat. If they had an excess of abdominal fat then they were still at risk of having health problems. Such as a heart attack or a stroke later on in life.

Some of the evidence brought forward by the study was, every inch that you put on around your waist line, this increases your mortality rate by nine percent for men and seven percent for women.This is based on no matter how thin you are in the first place this is something that needs to be paid close attention to, if you are thin and have access abdominal fat.

They found that people with similar BMIs, and those who had large waists were far more likely to die earlier, compared to those who had a small waist. Just so you get an idea of what is a large waist is, and what is considered a small waist here are those figures. A big waist was considered to be 47 inches, for men and for women 39 inches, in the United Kingdom a average waist size is 30 inches in men and women it’s 33 1/2 inches.

Professor Edlio Riboli who works for the Imperial College of London, said: “Although smaller studies have suggested a link between mortality and waist size, we were surprised to see the waist size having such a powerful effect on people’s health and premature death”.

“Our study shows that accumulating excess fat around your middle can put your health at risk even if your weight is normal based onBMIscores. There aren’t many simple individual characteristics that can increase a person’s risk of premature death to this extent, independently from smoking and drinking”

The medical profession normally uses BMI to get these particular details, your weight and height are taken into consideration but there is no measurement of your waist using this particular method.

The way thatBMI works is if you have aBMI of between 18 and 25, this indicates that you’re in the safe health zone and far less at risk, of getting diseases like diabetes, heart related problems etc. if you have aBMI which is over 25 then you are in the overweight category, anything above that, then you are going into obese territorially.

For a few years nowBMI has come in for a bit of a challenging because bodybuilders who have more muscle than fat, can be considered to be one healthy as far as theBMI system is concerned, or even somebody who is a superfit athlete.

Probably the reason for this is that muscle weighs more than fat are we getting to the stage whereBMI is no longer a accurate means of testing somebody’s health as far as mortality is concerned.The study which was conducted by the new England Journal of medicine, also found that having a lower hip ratio measurement, which involves measuring between the sizes of the waist and hip. Also was a more accurate way of determining health rather than usingBMI again.

The participants in the study were measured for a period of 10 years and were aged between 25 and 70 years, over the 10-year period approximately 14,000 of them died. The people who organised the study said the main reasons were sedentary lifestyle, eating a poor diet and some were caused by some genetic factors.

As to the reasons why these particular people had large waistlines, one of the lead doctors on the study said is not so much about being overweight any more, but more about where the body fat is distributed throughout your body and if it’s predominantly around your abdominal area.

Then that is where you need to lose it from in order to have a longer life and stay healthier. On a side note another study found that obese teenagers were found to have arteries that were like the age of somebody 45 or more, which suggests that they should be being treated like somebody with those particular problems at that particular age.

This certainly does shed some light that the fact, having a large waistlines does in fact interfere with your biology inside your body, we do know that there are definite links to diabetes when you have a large abdomen, but it does make you think, as time goes on further evidence will probably reveal what other substances cause these particular health problems associated with having a lot of belly fat.

So probably it’s time to if you’re able to that is, lose that spare tyre sorry for the pun couldn’t resist it.


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