Saturday, May 21, 2011
This is either good news to you or one more thing to feel bad about. For a while now the old indicator of obesity, the Body Mass Index or BMI, has been questioned as to its value for estimating a person's risk of serious health problems due to overweight. BMI is a ratio of height to weight and can be easily found by entering your height and weight into this calculator (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/). If one is obese according to their BMI, then this is said to be an indicator of how much at risk that person is for other health problems like, diabetes, heart-attack or other maladies.
Now, according to this article on Dr. Mercola's web site there is a new measurement that is a more accurate predictor of one's risk. It is called the "Saggital Abdominal Diameter" or SAD for short. That is the measurement from front to back of one's abdomen taken halfway between the ribs and pelvis. It takes a large caliper to take an accurate measurement of this diameter, but it is said to give a more accurate risk assessment.
Methods of risk assessment that evaluate belly fat are more accurate because the belly fat is the fat that is hardest to lose and most indicative of risky health conditions. Dr. Mercola's article quotes a Vital Votes, reader named Joshua, from Vista, California, who points out the following:
"The midsection has most of the receptor sites for cortisol in the body. That is why most americans living the crappy lifestyles that they live and eating the crappy foods are becoming belly obese.
When cortisol goes up from chronic stress, insulin goes up as well. At that point, insulin unlocks the door so fat can enter and be stored. So to make a long story short, most Americans that have belly fat, the pear shape look or spare tire look are most likely insulin resistant and have cortisol dysfunctions as well."
Because the amount of belly fat is actually the best risk indicator, the easiest test to perform is to measure the waist around the middle from back to front straight across to the belly button. If you measure greater than 35 inches for a woman or 40 inches for a man you are at risk.
Happily, even a small weight decrease of 5 to 10 percent will decrease one's risk of developing these problems associated with obesity. We can now help you do that and more with our new Visalus program. <http://familychiro.bodybyvi.com>
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