Confirmed: Belly Fat associated with visceral Fat is Far More Dangerous than Having a Total BMI
A study on belly fat presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress confirms that visceral fat – the type that gathers around your internal organs – is far more dangerous to your health than you might think.
The traditional index of obesity, BMI (body mass index), has been proven to be terribly flawed as having a normal overall BMI and high abdominal obesity was found to be more dangerous than having a total BMI in the obese range.
For example, cardiovascular deaths in the study were 2.75 times higher for those of normal weight who had big bellies compared to those with both a normal BMI and a normal waist-to-hip ratio. It also implies that monitoring one’s belly fat is more important than watching BMI.
According to Medical News Today
“Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, M.D., senior author and a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochestor, explained: This group has the highest death rate, even higher than those who are considered obese based on body mass index….Dr. Lopez-Jimenez wants readers to understand that even though their body mass index might be normal, it doesn’t mean they have a low risk of heart disease. People can determine their risks by getting a waist-to-hip measurement, because where fat is distributed on the body can tell a lot, even if people have normal body weights.”
Your Ideal “Weight” is Not Necessarily Based on Kilogram
There are a number of methods for calculating your ideal body size. The study above used waist-to-hip measurement. This is done by measuring the circumference of your hips at the widest part, across your buttocks. Then measure your waist at the smallest circumference of your natural waist, just above your belly button. Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement to get the ratio.
Waist-to-hip ratio tells you whether or not you might be at an increased risk for heart disease. The featured study used the following waist-to-hip ratio designations:
- Normal = 0.85 or below in women, and 0.90 or below in men
- High = 0.85 or greater in women, and 0.90 or greater in men
Either of these methods are far better than BMI for judging disease risk, as BMI fails to factor in how muscular you are. BMI also cannot give you an indication of your intra-abdominal fat mass.
Waist size, on the other hand, gives a good indication of the amount of fat you’re carrying, particularly around the stomach area. Abdominal fat is considered an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke. Your waist size is also a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most powerful ways to predict your risk for diabetes.
Visceral fat can be measured at Impian Emas Medical Centre for free. Picture below is the machine that we use to check body fat, visceral fat and resting metabolism. You can come to check for free and have a consultation with doctor if you are a high risk candidate.