Waist Circumference, A Trivial Sign of Chronic Disease
Do not underestimate the widening of your waistlines. Although you have an ideal body weight, waist size that exceeds the normal limit may increase the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and increased levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
Based on a study which was published in The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, health risks begin to increase when the waist waist circumference reaches 31.5 inches in women, and 37 inches in men. If waist size reaches 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men, or more, they need to be aware because they have entered the category of dangerous.
Or, use the simple calculations by putting a meter around the body which is usually used by tailors above the navel. The International Journal of Obesity gave a simple guideline: waist circumference should be less than half the body height.
Waist circumference is a multidimensional measure of abdominal fat, which is exactly in the ‘chemical factory’ that cause diseases. Belly fat serves as an organ that produces dozens of chemicals that will slowly become toxic when produced in excess levels.
A study conducted at the University of Alberta also concluded that waist size is a strong detection factor associated with long-term health. Detection of disease through waist size is even considered more effective than through measurements of body mass index.
Therefore, do not underestimate the size of your waistlines if it continues to widen. Not merely concerning the aesthetic issue, but for the long-term health.