Forget BMI- your waist can tell you much more about your health
There is this obsession in the fitness world, among bloggers and even doctors in the tell-all properties of BMI. But really, it does little more than classify people broadly based on a rather simple calculation of dividing weight by height. The problem with BMI is that it doesn't tell you the specifics: after all, where you carry your weight can be just as important as how much.
A much more effective indicator of overall health is the simple circumference of your waistline, taken using a measuring tape around your abdomen between hips and rib cage. Anything above 39 inches is an indicator that you are carrying too much weight. A further measurement is the waist-to-hip ratio. This is taken by:
- Measuring the circumference of hips and buttocks
- Divide waist circumference by hip measurement
This tells you where you are carrying your fat. A health ratio above .85 for women and .9 for men puts you in the abdominally obese category, meaning that your risk for serious conditions including stroke, heart attack and type-2 diabetes are considerably higher.
Why does a chiropractor care about your waist
Besides putting an extra strain on your heart and other vital organs, abdominal obesity is an indicator that your spine is being overburdened, which leaves it vulnerable to conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves and other painful complications. Another reason we care is that we can help you lose weight by getting your body in a conducive shape for exercise. Many abdominal-obese people face the prospect of losing weight with a body that isn't ready to take on exercise. Chiropractic adjustment ensures that your spine is aligned and your body balanced so that you can start exercising with a lower risk for injury. We can support you every step of the way to ensure that you are losing weight in a healthy manner and at a healthy pace.
If you are interested in finding out about the power of chiropractic to help with weight loss plans, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.