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Belly Fat Is Bad News For Lungs

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.


Join The Conversation
heathbar6 heathbar6 7 years
Wow! That is a little scary! I better kick it in higher gear and get rid of my bit-o-flob from my tum tum!
almostloli almostloli 8 years
good thing i love japanese food (brown seaweed brown seaweed!)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
la tua I feel you!!
laellavita laellavita 8 years
my stomach is my problem area too, and it's been getting more defined by a lot of the moves my trainer has me do, but it's reports like this that really remind me that it's more than just vanity and wanting a six-pack, it's being healthy too!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Unfortunately my belly is the first place I put on weight and the last place it comes off. Even though I eat pretty healthy and work out it still is my tough spot!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you always hear about this and i think that it's one of those things that you should really be mindful of. it's scary to think about all the proactive things that you can be doing to keep yourself healthy - so any knowledge like this is a good thing.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Good to know. My waist is well within the guidelines, but like misskacie said, it doesn't work well for every single person. Waist-to-hip ratio is a better guideline to use for most people, especially if you aren't of an average height (ie, you're very tall or very short).
misskacie misskacie 8 years
It's good advice in general, but the whole "over 35 inches" thing doesn't work for *every single* woman. The extremely tall, Olive Oyl-shaped amongst us may not fall within that. I do-- but only by a few inches, and I have a tight core. My 6'5" girlfriend is superfit and she's 35" around exactly. Go figure. Needless to say, I'm very wary of medical generalizations!
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I'm thankful for my naturally tiny waist, as well as my healthy diet and exercise, so I've never had any issues with belly fat. Those are very good tips to follow though!
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