A new study reflects what most of us are aware of, that most adults have too much fat around their middle. A study recently published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health took the waist and height measurements of adults in developed countries- including the US- and found that about 90% of American men, 80% of women and 50% of children are overfat.
Waistline fat is unhealthy
The fat around the waistline is the unhealthy type of fat, compared with fat in the hips, legs and arms. Extra fat around the waistline is associated very closely with an increased risk of chronic disease development, such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease. A larger waistline also reduces the quality of life, making a person feel more tired, putting stress on joints and generally feeling less well than when their waistline was smaller.
BMI may not be the best measurement for everyone
The researchers feel that measuring BMI is not necessarily effective in determining whether a person has an unhealthy amount of fat. They devised a very simple equation to help anyone make the determination:
If the waist circumference at the level of the belly button is more than half of the height of the person, they have too much unhealthy fat.
It was found that many professional athletes and military personnel fit into the unhealthy category, and our problems with weight as well as waistlines continue to increase in the US, as well as worldwide.
What do we learn from this study?
1. Most people do not know what to do or do not feel it is important enough to find the balance in their eating and activity.
2. If a person wants to take charge of finding the balance to control their weight/waistline, their eating and activity cannot look like what everyone else does. If you are eating the same way everyone around you is eating, you are probably on the way to an increasing waistline.
3. Whatever we are currently trying to do is not working. Weight and waistlines continue to increase along with health consequences.
Is there any good news?
Yes, if each individual chooses to take the bad news seriously and make different choices every day in their eating and activity levels. Eating smaller portions at home, cutting out most junk foods and eating half of what is served at restaurants would be a great start at helping find a better balanced weight, along with walking 30 minutes most days!
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