Bad news for men with “Dad Bods”: People with large BELLIES are more likely to develop heart disease – regardless of their BMI, warns the study
- Scientists evaluated previous research on belly fat and heart disease
- People with big bellies are at higher risk even if they are a healthy weight
- The reason for the association remains unclear, but doctors hope the results will encourage doctors to consider belly fat in addition to BMI
According to a new study, people with big bellies – including men with “dad bods” and women with “muffin tops” – are more likely to develop heart disease regardless of their BMI.
US researchers analyzed previous research on the treatment and management of obesity, particularly abdominal obesity.
They found that people with excess fat in the midsection of the body were at increased risk of heart disease even when they are in a healthy weight range.
Although the reason for the association remains unclear, the team hopes the results will encourage doctors to use abdominal fat and BMI measurements when assessing patients’ risk for heart disease.
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According to a new study, people with big bellies – including men with “dad bods” and women with “muffin tops” – are more likely to develop heart disease regardless of their BMI
How do you calculate the BMI?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height.
- BMI = (weight in pounds / (height in inches x height in inches)) x 703
- BMI = (weight in kilograms / (height in meters x height in meters))
- Below 18.5: Underweight
- 18.5 – 24.9: Healthy
- 25 – 29.9: Obesity
- 30 or higher: Obese
In the study, researchers from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Maryland looked at the relationship between body fat distribution and heart disease.
Dr. Tiffany Powell-Wildy, a researcher on the study, said, ‘This scientific opinion provides the latest research and information on the relationship between obesity and the treatment of obesity for coronary artery disease, heart failure and arrhythmias.
“The timing of this information is important as the obesity epidemic is a major contributor to the global burden of cardiovascular disease and numerous chronic conditions that also affect heart disease.”
The team focused on abdominal obesity, often referred to as visceral adipose tissue (VAT), as a risk marker for heart disease.
The sales tax is determined by the waist size, the ratio of waist size to height or the ratio of waist to hips.
They found that high sales tax was linked not only to an increased risk of heart disease, but also a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Dr. Powell-Wildy said, “Studies examining the relationship between belly fat and cardiovascular outcomes confirm that visceral fat is a clear health risk.”
Although the reason for the association remains unclear, it suggests that wearing excess weight around the stomach may increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke
Additionally, the team found that the high-risk force of abdominal obesity was so strong that people with healthy BMIs but high sales tax were at higher risk for heart disease than people with high BMIs but low sales tax.
Although the reason for the association remains unclear, it suggests that wearing excess weight around the stomach may increase the risk of heart disease, including heart attack and stroke.
Regarding the best way to lose belly fat, the researchers found that 150 minutes of weekly physical activity is enough to reduce belly fat without reducing fat from other areas of the body.
Based on the results, the researchers urged doctors to look at both abdominal fat and BMI when assessing their patients’ risk for heart disease.
Dr. Powell-Wiley added, “It is important to understand how diet can be personalized based on genetics or other markers of risk of cardiovascular disease.
“With overweight and obesity among adolescents on the rise around the world, it is important to examine how best upstream primary prevention measures and better treatment strategies can be developed, especially for young patients with severe obesity.”
While the results suggest that a big belly puts a higher risk of heart disease than carrying weight in other areas of the body, outside experts have suggested that obesity as a whole is still a risk factor for heart disease.
Julie Ward, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the British Heart Foundation said, “Obesity as a whole is still a major risk factor so we cannot completely ignore BMI and it is important to encourage people to keep their weight in check.
“There is still a lot that we do not know about the behavior of fat in the body, including why some people put more fat around their hips and others around their stomach, for example. Therefore, more research is needed to reveal some of these answers.”
Obesity: Adults with a BMI over 30 are considered obese
Obesity is defined as an adult with a BMI of 30 or more.
The BMI of a healthy person – calculated by dividing the weight in kg by the height in meters and the repeated answer by the height – is between 18.5 and 24.9.
Obesity in children is in the 95th percentile.
Percentiles compare adolescents with their peers.
For example, if a three-month-old is in the 40th percentile of weight, it means that 40 percent of three-month-olds weigh the same or less than this baby.
Around 58 percent of women and 68 percent of men in the UK are overweight or obese.
The condition costs the NHS around £ 6.1 billion each year out of its approximate £ 124.7 billion budget.
This is due to obesity, which increases a person’s risk for a range of life-threatening conditions.
Such conditions include type 2 diabetes, which can cause kidney disease, blindness, and even amputation of the limbs.
Research suggests that at least one in six hospital beds in the UK is occupied by a diabetic patient.
Obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, from which 315,000 people die each year in the UK. This makes it the leading cause of death.
Carrying dangerous amounts of weight has also been linked to 12 different types of cancer.
This includes the breast, which affects one in eight women at some point in their life.
Research has found that 70 percent of overweight teenagers in children have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, which puts them at risk for heart disease.
Obese children are also significantly more likely to become obese adults.
And when children are overweight, their adult obesity is often more severe.
One in five children in the UK start school because they are overweight or obese. Every third child increases by age ten.