What Your Waistline Says about Your Heart’s Health
As we gain weight, we tend to focus on the number that shows up on the scale or how we fit into our clothes. But those numbers and feelings can be very deceptive, because every person’s body type, muscle mass and bone structure is different. For some, a few extra pounds may be a big deal – for others, not so much. Similarly, everybody stores excess fat in different ways and in different places – thighs, arms, belly or buttocks. What we really need to focus on is where the additional weight is going.
A growing body of research has shown that excess fat storage around the abdominal area is more dangerous than fat elsewhere on the body. The thinking is that the adipose fat, as it is known, actually releases hormones and toxins throughout the body that can be very detrimental to our health. A man with a waistline of greater than 40 inches or a woman with a waistline of greater than 35 inches begins to increase their risk for heart and other diseases. With an increasingly overweight population in the United States, belly fat warnings must be understood and heeded.
Many Americans want to lose excess weight. However, as a measure of caution, we should be aware of where our additional fat storage is located in our bodies – it can be very telling, if not predictive, of our overall general health.
Remember, a smart routine of healthy diet and exercise can reduce the risk of a host of general health issues. Addressing that “spare tire,” no matter how insignificant it seems to be, may be the key in managing your overall health and quality of life.Back To All Posts