Multiple Dangers of Epidemic Abdominal Obesity
I was reading a study that came out last year and was very intrigued with the results… measuring the waist is a great tool to determine your risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), kidney disease, arthritis and even cancer!
Below are some of the key points.
April 1, 2008, Vol. 117, pp. 1624-1626
Adrian J. Cameron, MPH; Paul Z. Zimmet, MD, PhD, FRACP, FRCP
- American’s waistlines have been expanding for decades, and many other countries and communities worldwide are following the American Lead.
- Obesity increases the risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, the metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease (CVD), kidney disease, arthritis, cancer, asthma, and sleep-disordered breathing.
- Obesity is a strong and robust predictor of both overall and cardiovascular disease mortality in men and women.
- There is a strong relationship between central obesity and cancer mortality.
- There appears to be a roughly linear association between waist circumference and mortality, and “a reduced waist circumference decreases mortality risk”
- Abdominal obesity is a strong predictor or obesity-related health outcomes.
- In women, both BMI and waist circumference provide important components of mortality risk.
- Monitoring changes in waist size is as important, or even more important, than monitoring changes in weight and BMI.”
- “The simple measurement of waist circumference should be strongly encouraged in the clinical setting and also as a health promotion message to encourage prevention of the multiple obesity-related outcomes such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, CVD and also death.”
- The health implications from obesity needs to be particularly directed at younger populations because “they have a lifetime in which the consequences of their obesity can be played out, and they have a longer tine in which their adiposity can further increase. For these reasons, a push to curb childhood and adolescent obesity is of paramount importance.
That’s a few more reasons why we should make it a goal to take a few inches off the waist this year!