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Waist-to-hip ratio can show your health condition

[2024年3月5日] 来源:网络 编辑:Geilien.cn    

Some girls tend to feel frustrated if they have a pear-shaped body, with hips (臀部) that are wider than the bust (胸部) and shoulders. While pear-shaped people’s waists are typically smaller, they may have more fat on their hips and legs. So, many pear-shaped girls try to hide their hips and legs under large dresses and pants.


However, a recent study suggested that pear-shaped people are the ones who won the genetic lottery (“基因彩票”)!


A study published in September by the US National Library of Medicine found that the waist-to-hip ratio (WHR, 腰臀比) shows the strongest and most consistent association with mortality (死亡率). Traditionally, the body mass index (BMI) has been considered the best indicator of health. However, this study challenges this belief. It surveyed nearly 40,000 people and found that, regardless of BMI, WHR is positively correlated (相关的) with all-cause mortality (all of the deaths that occur in a population, no matter the cause). The larger the WHR, the higher the all-cause mortality rate will be. Instead of focusing on how much fat a person has, scientists suggest people should focus more on how fat is distributed in a person’s body.


WHR, as its name suggests, compares your waist measurement to your hip measurement. A larger waistline means more central fat, which could indicate more visceral fat (内脏脂肪), also known as toxic fat. Harvard Medical School states that more visceral fat increases the risk of illnesses including diabetes (糖尿病), heart diseases and asthma (哮喘). That’s why people with a pear-shaped body tend to be healthier than others. According to the World Health Organization, a healthy WHR is less than 0.85 for women and less than 0.9 for men.


It is impossible to specifically target waist fat when people try to lose weight. But losing overall fat will make the waist smaller. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University suggested we eat less carbohydrates (碳水化合物) and more food higher in fiber (纤维) and protein. Moreover, doing strength training helps build more muscle, which makes you burn more calories even when you’re resting.


Waist-to-hip ratio