Since time immemorial, doctors have stated that extra body fat, no matter where it is stored, is of no good.
According to an article published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people who carry a ‘spare tire’ around their middle are more exposed to mortality risk as compared to people who are obese and have a pear shaped body. There have been studies carried out before stating that abdominal fat is related to risks of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
Michael Jensen, MD, professor of medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, added some good news to this. He stated that “About 99 percent of people who lose weight tend to shed it in the abdominal region before they do anywhere else.”
Deborah Clegg, who works as a clinical nutritionist and professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, stated that too much belly fat has been linked with a pronounced risk of dementia, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and even cancer.
Dr. Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, who works as a specialist in cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic, and his team looked at data to get a deeper insight into these previously made conclusions.
Data analyzed was taken from Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Data of people having various body combinations of BMI or body mass index and waist-to-hip ratios was assessed for total and cardiovascular mortality risks.
It was seen that regardless of BMI, normal-weight adults who have mid-body fat are more likely to have their long-term survival threatened when a comparison is made with any group.
The researchers further added that based on BMI only, a person who has normal body weight and suffers from “central obesity” suffered from two times the mortality rate as compared to people who are overweight or obese.
They recommended that individuals with abdomen fat should make changes in lifestyle and preventative procedures.
Dr. Samuel Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri, “It is important to lose weight.” While talking to Healthline during an interview, Klein stated that it might seem impossible to lose weight, especially belly fat.
He said that a series of mini-moves can make you lose body fat and it is good. Such exercises can be effective in losing belly fat too.
He stated that human bodies are made to survive and the fact that 70 percent of people in the United States are overweight or obese does not surprise him at all.
Klein felt that it is important to be exercising not just following a diet.
He further added that there is a stark need for a better program that is well equipped with handouts, accountability, referrals, follow-ups in order to deal with the obesity epidemic. It is vital to know that obesity leads to a number of other diseases calling for a shift in how we think about weight loss.
For Linda Bacon, Ph.D., a teacher and researcher into food issues, it is important to know why fat is the official ‘bad guy’. Linda has authored ‘Health at Every Size’ and states that the focus needs to be shifted from weight to well being.
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