A new study suggests that having a big belly makes the body worse than being overweight.
People have different preference in body shapes like apple-shaped, pear-shaped, hour glass-shaped, or simply pencil straight-shaped. But this study suggests that having an apple-shaped body makes it more dangerous for the person rather than a pear-shaped body.
Those with noticeable fat around their midsection are more at risk of mortality hazard as compared to people who are obese.
The reason for this is that fat around the midsection is a strong indication for people to be at risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, some types of cancer, and other illness as stated by manager Samuel Klein, MD of the Center for Human Nutrition at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri.
Previous studies have already suggested the heighten risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and was supported by this new study.
According to Dr. Marie Savard, MD, an ABC News medical contributor, some scientists believe that passive fat may help people cut down their risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular disease. She added that fat reserve in the hip and tail area of the body has been linked to bringing down insulin resistance and increase “good” HDL cholesterol.
“We still have a whole lot to learn about why pear-zone fat seems to have a protective effect against chronic disease,” she said.
Another professor of medicine, Michael Jensen of Mayo Clinic, stated that, “About 99 percent of people who lose weight have a tendency to discard it inside the abdominal region before they do anywhere else.”
The data was taken from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data where participants were observed to have varying body combinations of BMI (or body mass index) with their waist-to-hit ratios. These people were assesses for their overall and cardiovascular health and mortality risks.
Results show that regular-weight adults with mid-body fat are more likely to experience long term survival threatened as compared to other groups formed in the study.
They also said that, with basis on BMI alone, people with a normal body weight and suffering from “central obesity” as observed on their belly fat are more likely to suffer twice as much mortality risk as oppose to people who are overweight or obese.
Doctors highly suggest for everyone to eliminate their mid-fat by practicing energetic lifestyle. The goal is not about looking good alone, but for one to feel good at the same time.
Samuel Klein further said that regular exercise can misplace fat in the body where it is needed resulting to losing fat in unwanted areas where it accumulate and remain passive.
Statistically, almost 70 percent of Americans and other nationalities in the country are either fat or overweight so this topic should be important for them to be aware of. The best way to fix this issue is not just diet, but with a good workout routine also.
The findings of the study were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.