People sporting muffin tops, beer bellies and love handles are twice as likely to develop serious heart problems than those that maintain a slimmer physique.
We’re all aware of how much risk obesity can be to heart health, though new research now shows that an extra bit of bulge in the midriff has been linked to sudden, and potentially fatal, heart malfunctions.
Evidence suggests that carrying body fat in the middle areas could be more dangerous than others such as the hips or limbs, due to the waist to hip ratio – calculated by dividing the waist measurement by the hip measurement. Studies have shown those with the highest waist to hip ratio are twice as likely to be affected as those with ratio considered to be within the normal range.
In a study of almost 15,000 men and women aged between 45 and 64, when looking at the key obesity measures (BMI, waist circumference, and waist to hip ratio), it was waist to hip ratio that showed the strongest link to sudden cardiac death risk.
However it is known that fat around the midriff is thought to be more critical than fat stored elsewhere in the body, because of its influence on inflammation. So, how do we ensure the nation is working towards a slimmer silhouette in order to prevent heart risks, whilst also maintaining overall health?
Education! Many individuals understand that waist to hip ratio (or the size of their love handles!) can be altered through diet and exercise. Though the quality of diet, and the methods of exercise can often become confusing. That’s where our Weight Management Certification comes in…
As a qualified Nutrition and Weight Management Specialist, you’ll be equipped to guide and monitor those looking to slim down and maintain a healthy lifestyle, through solid diet and nutrition planning, tailored exercise programmes and delving down into the psychology of dieting.
Motivating the population to make just a few tweaks to their diet and exercise regime can go a long way to preventing potentially fatal illnesses later down the line, which they’d be none the wiser to without your professional support.
Speak to the team about our Nutritional Advisor Course, now available through Distance Learning.