Over the years, many myths have arisen regarding the correlation between weight and height. Especially with the rise in popularity of the Internet, many opinions regarding the appropriate proportionality between the two, most of them uninformed, have started circulating.
A recent British study seems to be the final answer on the matter that could end all questions and unwelcomed misconceptions. After conducting various tests and trials, researchers claim that your waistline should be half your height, and whether it exceeds that value or not can even predict your life expectancy.
The concept is simple: you measure around your waist, more specifically in the area located betweend your lowest rib and the hip bone, without breathing in. If the resulting measurement is half your height or less, you’re in the clear. But if the measurement is more than half your height, for every few inches, centimeters or whatever other measure unit of choice you might have, your life expectancy drops more and more. The average life expectancy at this point is around 81, but being overweight is a serious drawback in this case.
The fact that being overweight is not that beneficial for your health is no mystery or secret. We all know that the more overweight you are, the more you are going to struggle with various health conditions. Overweight and clinically obese people are faced with a variety of unpleasant illnesses caused by their abnormal weight, such as circulatory problems, heart disease and arthritis. But this new discovery suggests that there might be a way to calculate exactly how many months or even years of life someone could lose due to obesity. This discovery may help serve as a wake-up call for those of us that don’t take excessive weight gain seriously enough.
The most important advantage of this discovery is that this a simple way to check your health at home. If you feel that your wellbeing has started to be affected by your unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as lack of exercise or improper diet, estabilishing your waistline-to-height ratio is a fast and easy method to determine whether you should start worrying or not. Moreover, researchers are of the opinion that this new way to determine the appropriate weight level of a person in relation with their hight is even more effective than calculating their BMI (Body Mass Index).
Even though the BMI is used by most doctors nowadays, the lead researcher in this recent study, Dr. Margaret Ashwell, states that BMIs do not provide an accurate reading of a patient’s health. The medical reason for which waist circumference seems to be more relevant in this is field is that fact that it shows the amound of central fat in the body, which is the main culprit of nutrition related illnesses such as high cholesterol, heart disease and even diabetes.
If you perform this test at home and notice that your waist-to-height ratio is higher than it should be, make sure to check in with your doctor. Even though you might not be clinically obese, your doctor will help you establish whether your extra weight is something you should worry about or not, and subsequently help you take appropriate action on the matter.