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‘Love handles’ raise death risk

By on Jan 28, 2018 in 21st Century Nutrition, LIFE STYLE DESIGN, OBESITY | 0 comments

Carrying extra fat around your middle dramatically increases your risk of early death, even if your overall weight is normal, say researchers.

A study of almost 360,000 people from nine European countries found waist size a “powerful indicator” of risk.

Each extra 2ins (5cm) raised the chance of early death by between 13% and 17%.

The New England Journal of Medicine study stressed GPs should regularly measure patients’ waists as a cheap and easy way to assess health.

Full Article: BBC

Dr. Wegmann’s Thoughts:

 Obesity is one of the leading preventable causes of death worldwide and with rates of adult and childhood obesity increasing, authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problem of the 21st century. The presence of risk factors and diseases associated with obesity are also used to establish a clinical diagnosis. Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea are complications closely associated with obesity. Obese workers have higher rates absenteeism from work and take more disability leave, thus increasing costs for employers and decreasing productivity. A study examining Duke University employees found that people with a BMI over 40 filed twice as many workers’ compensation claims as those whose BMI was 18.5-24.9. They also had more than 12 times as many lost work days. Obesity is related to a variety of other complications as well. Some of these are directly caused by obesity and others are indirectly related through mechanisms sharing a common cause such as poor diet or a sedentary lifestyle. The strength of the link between obesity and specific conditions varies. One of the strongest is the link with type 2 diabetes. Excess body fat is behind 64% of cases of diabetes in men and 77% of cases in women. Health consequences can be categorized by the effects of increased fat mass (osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, social stigmatization) or by the increased number of fat cells (diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). Increases in body fat alters the body’s response to insulin, potentially leading to insulin resistance. Increased fat also creates a inflammatory state, inflammation is now the unifying theory of disease. Most researchers agree that a combination of excessive calorie consumption and a sedentary lifestyle are the primary causes of obesity. You have to burned 3500 calories, or create a 3500 calorie deficit to lose one pound. This is figured by finding your resting metabolic rate, and eating 500 calories less per day, which equals 3500 for the week or one pound weight loss. Getting in shape is one of the most enjoyable things you can do. It will increase your passion for life and touch everyone around you. You deserve a healthy life!

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