Monday, March 21, 2011

Measuring Obesity.

Bye-bye BMI? Tape may measure obesity better,, by Linda Carroll, 8/23/06

"The best way to predict heart attack risk and other obesity-related diseases is a measurement that divides the circumference of your waist by your hips.  If you’re a woman, the waist-to-hip ratio should come out as no more than 0.8. Men have a little more wiggle room: a healthy waist-to-hip ratio for them is 0.95. This means, if your belly has bulged out enough to catch up to the size of your hips, you should start worrying about your heart, experts say.  That’s because abdominal fat is more likely than fat stored in other spots to lead to changes in hormone levels and to cause inflammation, which in turn leads to clogged arteries, says Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, a professor and chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and director of the school’s Sarver Heart Center. So, “fat on a woman’s hips doesn’t seem to increase risk, whereas a beer belly does,” Ewy says." 

I calculated my own W/H BMI over the past 6 weeks using the Waist-Hip Ratio BMI Calculator.

Here are the results, calculated by my end-of-the week measurements:

Week 3  0.862745098

Week 4  0.848484848

Week 5  0.854166667

Week 6  0.854166667

Week 7  0.833333333

Week 8  0.831578947

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