The American obesity epidemic continues to take it’s toll, despite warnings to the contrary. What is really alarming, is news that although our collective body mass is not expanding, our waistlines are.
The New York Times reports that the average overall waist circumference in 2012 was 38.7″, up from 37.5 in 1999.
Abdominal obesity, defined by a waist circumference of more than 40″ for men, and 34.6″ for woman, is a key indicator of metabolic syndrome, which puts us at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes.
Getting on the scale is a good indicator of weight, but monitoring your waistline could be a better indicator of good health.
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