Conflicts surrounding Body Mass Index measurements and its authenticity are only expanding but never are we able to reach a conclusion. The face can be the index of the mind and eyes can mirror our souls but never do our body physique/weight reflect our health and fitness levels. Up to 30% of obese adults are metabolically healthy which leaves us pondering about the definition of ‘metabolically healthy.’
Obese individuals are called ‘metabolically healthy’ when they are characterized by having low abdominal adiposity, low inflammation levels, low risk for metabolic abnormalities and high insulin resistance. On one side we insist on the fact that there is nothing called as ‘fat but fit’ while on the other side there are studies that show that individuals can be obese as well as metabolically healthy too or be of normal weight but comprise of an unhealthy metabolic profile.
Abdominal adiposity and low fitness levels have been associated with a host of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, dementia and increased mortality rates. Waist circumference remains as a clear indication of excess body fat surrounding the abdomen. Researchers even guess that it is abdominal fat but not total body fat that causes inflammation as well as induce a host of diseases.
Abdominal Adiposity Study
The research team sifted through previously available data of more than 10,000 individuals and requested for their waist circumference, weight measurement, height and blood samples to measure their level of C-reactive protein. Results showed that increased fitness levels were associated with a smaller waist circumference and low inflammation levels irrespective of BMI values. This clearly indicates that a person’s fitness level decreases abdominal fat and inflammation levels which in turn elevate metabolic health of the person.
Staying on a healthy weight is necessary but it is also necessary to control your LDL cholesterol levels, total cholesterol levels and abdominal adiposity to be a ‘fit’ person. If you are one of those people struggling to fulfill these criteria, get in touch with a registered dietitian nutritionist at www.firsteatright.com. These RDNs are sure to work with you catering to your body conditions and fulfill your requirements in the healthy way.
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