Want To Live Longer? Keep Your Waist Less Than Half Of Height

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A couple of pounds of extra body fat are not a health risk for most people. But when people keep up a pattern of eating more calories than they burn, more and more fat builds up in their bodies. Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the ischemic heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.

Do you think that body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) methods are the right to judge your obesity levels? Well, these two methods can be challenged with a new way called waist-to-height ratio (WHtR). This new way is a better predictor of the healthy state of your body and the problem of cardio metabolic risk. In addition to it, this method can be used to count life expectancy. And it can also be applied in any kind of ethnic group.

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Keep your waist circumference to less than half of your height. Keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height can help to increase life expectancy for every person in the world. If a second level of increased risk is needed, keep your waist to below 60% of height (0.6). A 30-year-old non-smoking man could increase his life expectancy by up to 14% if his WHtR is 0.7 and by up to one third if his WHtR is 0.8. Since BMI and WC needs values to count on, so they are a waste of time and sources, but WHtR don’t need such minute specifications. This method is supported by various nations like UK, USA, Australia, Japan, India, Iran, and Brazil.

Specification and sensitivity analysis for people who are down with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, abnormal body fat levels and general cardiovascular outcomes (CVD) shows that in comparison to BMI, WHtR improves discrimination of harsh health outcomes by 3 percent to 4-5 percent. This method is also found to be better for the patients of diabetes, CVD and all other adverse outcomes. It’s even a much finer way to detect cardio metabolic risk factors in both the sexes. So, it proves to be a better screening tool.