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Cheryl Komline, RD, MS

Cheryl Komline, RD, MS
is the Public Health Nutritionist for the Bernards Township Health Department.
She  has more than 25 years experience in clinical dietetics
and nutrition education in hospital, community and college settings.


ckomline@bernards.org

direct number is 908-204-3069

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Why is it important too reduce waist circumference?

Posted by Cheryl Komline, Jun 24, 2010.
Why is it important too reduce waist circumference?
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Posted by Cheryl Komline, Jun 24, 2010
I am sure you have heard of Body Mass Index which is also called BMI. This is considered a convenient and reliable measure of obesity. Height and weight alone cannot differentiate between the weight of the lean tissue and the weight of fat tissue. So, BMI is not a good measure how much fat is in your body or where it is located.

Waist circumference along with BMI is a more accurate measure of overall disease risk.
You are most likely to get heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol or triglycerides if your waist circumference is:
• over 40 inches in men or
• over 35 inches in women

Why is this important?
• Waist circumference tells us how much visceral or abdominal fat you have.
• Visceral or abdominal fat surrounds your organs.
• Abdominal fat is very metabolically active, it works hard.
• When you have too much abdominal fat your body produces more inflammation.
• We know this because we can measure a protein called C-Reactive protein that is made when inflammation increases.
• Excess abdominal fat makes your insulin less sensitive which makes your blood glucose levels rise causing type 2 diabetes.
• Inflammation contributes to and increases diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol or triglycerides.
• Deposits of fat around the thighs and buttocks are thought to be less metabolically active and therefore do not pose the same health risks. This is why an apple shaped body puts you at a higher risk for disease than a pear shaped body.
RE: Why is it important too reduce waist circumference?
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Posted by Cheryl Komline, Jun 24, 2010
Sorry, I put my answer in the question box. This is a question that I have been asked often.
Cheryl Komline, RD

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