Some of us carry a spare tire around our waists. Turns out it's the worst place to carry weight since diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are linked to it. It can even lead to early death. Now there's more reason to battle the bulge — new research shows that a jiggle around your middle is also associated with impaired lung function. This type of harmful "abdominal obesity" is defined as a waist that's greater than 35 inches for women and 40 for men. Poor lung function is linked to higher rates of hospitalization and deaths from heart disease because researchers say that belly fat can get in the way of the normal functioning of your diaphragm and chest. Fat tissue also increases inflammation in the body, which can also cause health problems.
Even though your waist size may not be over 35 inches, it's a good idea to minimize your belly fat for your health's sake. For tips on how
- Try interval training.
- Drink miso soup.
- Load up on whole grains.
- Get enough sleep each night.
- Ditch trans fat from your diet.
- Manage stress. It causes our bodies to release cortisol, and high levels been associated with increased appetite and fat production. The fat has been shown to typically deposit itself in the belly area.