Recent studies tell exactly how to reduce risk for heart disease later on in life – just by trimming that belly fat!
So you’re not overweight, and you consider yourself pretty slim – except for your waistline, which apparently decided to stand out and be flabby. Sure, it’s just a small part, you say, but recent studies show that even if you’re not overweight, having a flabby midsection increases your chances of dying of heart disease later on in life. It’s called central obesity, and it is quite something to be wary of.
For those who are not familiar, central obesity is the term for having a waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 1.0 for men or greater than 0.9 for women. In order to know your waist-to-hip ratio, measure around your waist right above your belly button, and measure around your hips right around the widest part of your buttocks. Take the two measurement and divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement.
While previous research about heart disease relied mostly on our body measurements – waist size, fat ratio, BMI, and weight – these have not even been updated for years! Outdated health information were taken from repeated national health surveys which were recycled and barely updated.
A new study, whose results were published in Harvard University’s Annals of Internal Medicine last Dec. 15, 2015, explored the influences that linked central fat to early death. A follow-up was made with the more than 15,000 adult respondents of a previous national health survey done over a decade ago, to show updates on lifestyle and health conditions.
Results show that people with normal weight but have abdominal obesity or central fat, had higher risks of dying of heart disease as compared with people without central obesity, not considering if they are obese, overweight, or normal-weight.
This tells people with a huge belly just how to reduce risk for heart disease. They can definitely benefit from lifestyle changes, such as regular physical activities incorporated in their busy schedules, or by eating a healthy, plant-based diet.