The Bigger Your Waist, the Shorter Your Life, Research Suggests


Girl measuring her waist

There are many reasons to shed extra pounds and get that enviably slim waist. Among them is assuring you'll live a long life, according to results of a recent study by the renowned Mayo Clinic.

Researchers analyzed data from some 650,000 adults and found that waist circumference is a strong indicator of one's overall health and longevity. Among the highlights:

  • Women with waists over 37 inches have an 80-percent higher risk of conditions like heart disease, lung problems or cancer compared to women whose waist span was under 27 inches.
  • Men with a waist circumference of 43 inches were at 52-percent greater risk of death than men with a 37-inch waist. 
  • Every two-inch increase translated into a 9-percent increased mortality risk.

The key to assessing risk is in the waist-to-hip ratio. When the stomach measurement is 90 percent or more of the hip measurement in men, or 85 percent or more of the hip measurement in women, it's a red flag for a slew of health risks. That's because excessive abdominal fat is associated with multiple obesity-related conditions, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes.

If you're looking to shed extra pounds and whittle your waist, call 800-501-8090 and schedule a consultation with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss counselor. We can customize a nutrition and exercise plan just for you. 

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