How Your Waistline Can Expose Your Health Risk
It’s that time of year. You go to your doctor for the annual physical. The nurse has weighed you on the way in. Now you’re sitting on the exam table in the horrible paper gown waiting for the doctor to appear.
The doc walks in the door and declares that you officially obese. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) has been calculated and it’s over 30. You hang your head in shame and your doctor tells you that it’s time you lose some weight. You need to get your BMI under 30 at the very least. If you don’t, you’re at risk for diseases that are associated with obesity. Things like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems are lurking in your future. Your heart sinks.
The rest of the physical is completed. You get dressed and you walk out the door.
You don’t even know how they calculated your BMI so how are you supposed to know when you have gotten it under 30?
But I have news.
You don’t have to know how to calculate your BMI. That’s complicated and not particularly accurate; especially if you are very tall or very short. There is a better way.
New studies show there's a simple way to calculate if you are at risk for the diseases associated with obesity. It’s the waist to height ratio...