Why Waist Circumference is a Big Concern
Reasons for shedding extra pounds and whittling one's waistline are numerous - from looking better to feeling better to actually being in better long-term health. Now, research by the Mayo Clinic shows that a key indicator of your overall health and longevity may be in your waist-to-hip ratio measurement.
Researchers analyzed data from upward of 650,000 adults and found that waist circumference is a strong indicator of a myriad of health risks. 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.
It all comes down to two key figures.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, you've got excessive abdominal fat. And that's a condition associated with multiple obesity-related health issues, such as high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease.
If your weight or waist size is troubling you, help is here. Call 800-501-8090 to schedule a consultation with a Metabolic Research Center weight loss counselor who can tailor a nutrition and exercise plan just for you.
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