Waist size vs. BMI

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faldlou
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I am just curious which do you think is more important waist size of your BMI in determining future cardiac risk. My waist size is 35in as a male under  40 inches it puts me at low risk , But my BMI at 5 foot 3 and 185 puts me in the obese category high risk.

Chemist54
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   Posted 9/13/2007 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Faldlou,

There have been several studies the past few years showing that the waist to hip ratio is one of the key risk factors for heart disease.  Again, it's not the sole risk factor; it is one out of nine risk factiors. 

The waist to hip ratio is more important than BMI.

Here's some links. Google interheart to get more info.

http://fanaticcook.blogspot.com/2006/02/heart-attack-choice-interheart-study.html

http://heartdisease.about.com/od/dietandobesity/a/waisttohip.htm

Abdominal fat is more dangerous than fat around hips or thighs. In a nutshell, if your body shape looks like apple, it increases your risk; if you look like pear, it's lower risk.

For women, the waist to hip should be 0.8 or less and for men it should be <1.

Finally, as a personal note, I found out the hard way that you cannot go by the waist size on the  bluejeans or pants.  You must measure it.  When i first heard aout waist to hip ratio, I wasn't concern because my waist size was 36.  However, when it was measure, it was really 41 inches. Bummer! 

How are things going for you?

 

 

 

 


els
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   Posted 9/13/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Very good answer Chemist :-)   Thank you

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faldlou
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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Things are going well, since I started take the WELLBUTRIN XL I am losing weight and feel more postive.

els
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   Posted 9/16/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi faldlou, That is wonderful news!  You know, there are many people who claim that antidepressants have caused them to gain weight.  But actually depression can bring on the weight because you dont want to exercise or do much of anything.  Wellbutrin is a pretty good antidepressant which has proven excellent results.  Please keep us posted.

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