Detect Chronic Disease Through Waist Size


Waist size can be an indicator to predict the long-term health risks. Detection of diseases through the waist circumference is considered even more effective than through measurements of body mass index.

Based on studies published in ‘The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology’, waist size is a strong indicator to see the magnitude of the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and elevated levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.

As reported by the New York Times, measuring waist circumference is very easy. Wrap a tape measure often used by tailors to the body above the navel. The International Journal of Obesity provides simple guidelines: waist circumference should be less than half the height.

The study revealed that health risks begin to increase as a waist circumference reaches 31.5 inches in women, and 37 inches in men. If the waist size is 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men, or more, they need to be alert because it had entered the dangerous category.

Waist circumference is a multidimensional measure of abdominal fat, which is right at the ‘factory’ of chemicals that cause disease. Abdominal fat serves as an organ that produces dozens of chemicals that will slowly become toxic when produced in excess.

Therefore, do not underestimate the size of the waist that continues to widen. Not merely an aesthetic issue, but for long-term health.