Beautiful & Healthy Waist

Why is it that a thin waist is more than a thing of beauty?

I remember reading the book “Gone with the Wind” during my college days and how the 18-year-old main character Scarlett O’Hara had an 18″ waist.  A slim waist has always been considered a thing of beauty. At that age and even till recent time, even though I would have loved to be in Scarlett’s league, my desire to reduce my waist size did not stand a chance against my love for food.   

Until now. Yes, until now when I recently read that if I want to increase the probability of my being alive to see my children settled in life, I need to reduce my waist size.  

According to Mayo Clinics research “Adults with large waist size (circumference) are at greater risk of premature death than are those with normal waist size.  Specifically, this data showed that men with a waist circumference of 43 inches (110 centimeters) had more than a 50 percent greater risk of death than did men with a 37-inch (94-centimeter) waist. For women, those with a 37-inch (94 centimeters) waist had an 80 percent higher risk of death than did women with a 27.5-inch (70-centimeter) waist. Large waist circumference is a red flag for excessive abdominal fat, which is associated with obesity-related conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease.”

Details of this study can be found at this website

Are you intrigued yet to find out where you stand?  Then get out your measuring tape.

More recently, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, women with a waist size greater than 35 inches and men with a waist larger than 40 inches are at higher risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Are you in the range?

If yes, Keep it up!  Share your tips of success.

If not, Go for it!  Change your lifestyle. Do yoga. Go for a jog. Eat avocados and apples.  Change your diet. Do whatever it takes. Just work on slimming your waist.

For a slim waist is no longer just a thing of beauty.  It is critical to your survival.

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