Not Obese and Still Unhealthy
Obesity is a serious health risk. Everybody knows that by now. But did you know that you could have a normal BMI and still be unhealthy? It’s true, and it’s as plain as having a pot belly to look forward to. In fact, according to a report released recently by the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than 15,000 adults were studied over a 14-year period. In the results of that study, researchers noted that men who were found to be within the range of their normal weight but had a big belly were more than two times as likely to die when compared to obese men. Women experienced similar results, with a death rate of 32 percent higher than obese women.
It was pointed out in the study that although BMI, or body mass index, is often used as an indicator of overall health, experts warn that that figure does not take into consideration a person’s overall health picture.
An important, but all too often ignored factor, according to one expert, is that not all fat is considered equal. Further, just as there is good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, there is good fat and bad fat. The worst part about belly fat is that it is largely centered around the liver, which can increase the chances of inflammation and diabetes.