Most of us are under the impression that we are not overweight/ Obese or at lower risk when compared to people from the western world as we just have fat around our waists, while other parts of our body are lean.
Typical Asian Indian population has high waist circumference and are lean otherwise. This is more dangerous than having higher weight/ BMI.
Note that abdominal fat is the seat for deadly lifestyle diseases!
– Dr. Pooja, Senior Nutritionist @eKincare.com
Know your Obesity type
Are you Apple or Pear shaped?
- Indicates that there is more fat on the abdominal area
- More common in men and menopausal women
- This shows increased risk of metabolic disease e.g. Diabetes, insulin resistance and heart disease.
Pear shape indicates
- More fat on thighs and buttocks
- More common in women
- Not a major health risk
How do I find out my target weight?
Being overweight/ obese-
- Increases risk of developing high blood pressure.
- Is a risk factors for heart disease.
- Increases chances of developing high blood cholesterol and diabetes
Two key measures are used to determine if someone is overweight or obese. These are body mass index, or BMI, and waist circumference.
BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height
BMI alone does not determine risk. For example, in someone who is very muscular or who has swelling from fluid retention (called edema), BMI may overestimate body fat.
BMI may underestimate body fat in older persons or those losing muscle.
That’s why waist measurement is often checked as well. Another reason is that too much body fat in the stomach area also increases disease risk.
A waist measurement of more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men is considered high.
In our next blog, we will look at ways that will help you reach your ideal weight.
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Dr Pooja Chhawcharia is the Senior Nutritionist at eKincare with over 7 years of experience in Nutrition education, diet counseling and research. She is a Registered Dietician with the Indian Dietetic Association and Certified Diabetes Educator recognized by the International Diabetes federation . She is also interested in ancillary sciences such as Yoga and Naturopathy.