Thursday, December 28, 2006

Your waistline could eventually determine your fate! Did you know that a flabby waist certainly points to a greater risk of developing a heart attack? If you didn’t, read on.

A recent study has revealed that the risk for coronary illness is inflated to almost 44%, when instead of an hour glass figure one sports a podgy flabby waistline. The diameter along the median sagittal plane was measured in a group of volunteers. This roughly amounts to an imaginary line cutting through the body joining two points from the back to the front of the abdomen. This distance is referred to as the sagittal abdominal diameter (SAD), measured using callipers. The researchers claim that this measurement is more reliable to measure obesity than the more commonly used body mass index (BMI).
The team gauged that bigger the waist measurement the greater is the risk to develop heart disease. Young people who have a huge waistline, better watch out as they stand a greater danger of developing heart diseases.

SAD measurements that are over and above 10 inches reflect obesity. This can be said to be an equivalent of 30kg/m² BMI. Measuring BMI can at times be misleading as a person with a big muscular body who perfectly fit can have a high BMI.

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