With heart disease and obesity on the rise, your tailor may not be the only one who will be measuring your waist. More and more doctors are using waist and body composition measurements to determine risk factors for patients. That's because a new study concludes that excess belly fat, even if you are skinny everywhere else, may be even more deadly than being obese or overweight.And that's saying something when you know that being obese already increases your likelihood of having a heart attack, a stroke, diabetes or even cancer. In other words, your beer belly may be killing you.
“But I’m not Fat”
There are numerous patients that believe that because their weight is normal and in within range that it is nothing to worry about. However, the area where someone carries their fat is much more relevant than someone’s overall weight. Fat located in your central area is much more than love handles. This type of fat is deep and deadly. It wraps around your vital organs and is much more accessible to entering your arteries and forming clots.
Overall Weight isn’t as important as your Body Fat Percentage
A person’s overall weight isn’t as significant as their overall body fat percentage. The amount of dangerous fat a person carries is much of a higher risk factor for death than someone’s number on the scale. Take the time and meet with one of EliteHealth’s Dietitians and get a free body composition testing and find out where you are today.
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