Abdominal obesity poses threat
CAMP RED CLOUD – Although more fat accumulates typically on the buttocks and thighs, studies indicate that the fat on the abdomen is the most dangerous and is a potent predictor for health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Scientists believe that increasing the width of the waist can be a key indicator of the presence of underlying cardiovascular risk.
Some research has shown that there is a relationship between obesity, especially abdominal obesity, and the incidence of infertility in women.
Studies found that there is an increase in the accumulation of fat around the ovaries and fallopian tubes, which affects the process of ovulation and reproduction.
What actually is considered abdominal obesity?
According to the most recent literature put forth by the American College of Sports Medicine, males with a waist size of 40 inches or more and females with a waist size of 35 inches or more are considered to be abdominally obese. In these cases, the waist size needs to drop.
Why does abdominal obesity occur and what can be done about it?
A permanent routine of exercise, eating healthier‚ and consuming the same number or fewer calories than one expends will help prevent overweight and obesity symptoms.
Sounds simple, but for most people this is extremely challenging.
Here are the steps for change:
• Make a commitment
• Develop a positive support system
• Set realistic goals
• Eat healthier
• Increase physical activity
• Change your behavior towards your health
Although weight loss is a challenge for individuals and health care professionals, it can be achieved.
People striving to lose weight need to understand that weight loss, done properly, takes time, and involves a combination of healthy eating and exercise.
A lifestyle change is the key to successful weight loss. It is important that individuals are aware of inappropriate weight loss methods so they can avoid occurence of any serious side effects.
The following article on the dangers of abdominal obesity is by Robert Gobble, Area I Health and Fitness director. It is the first in an occasional series
of his health-and-fitness articles that will appear in the Area I section of the Morning Calm weekly newspaper, with the aim of helping foster good health
practices within our community.