Monday, October 1, 2012

The Waist-to-Hip Ratio: To Save or to Kill

You should know that weighing yourself on the scale and counting calories is no longer the end-all of weight loss or optimal body composition goals. And P.S. 'Aerobic exercise' is no longer the Sports Medicine way to cardiovascular fitness.  Are you sitting at the gym on a LifeCycle while reading the stocks or checking your email?  That's for another conversation, but hey, let's get to talking about the Waist-to-Hip Ratio.

You should know that the old way of measuring height:weight and calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) is not the sexy or current way to look at things (don't age yourself).  Check out the Waist-to-Hip Ratio (WHR).  Do you know how much you weigh?  I'm sure you do.  But do you know your Waist-to-Hip Ratio?

The average American man has a waistline that is 2" too big for health.

You can calculate your own ratio here: Instructions for WHR. What does your ratio mean?  
"Risk" is the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  The higher your ratio, the higher your risk of cardiovascular disease and death from a heart attack.  

Try to get yourself into the Green Zone.

Don't pass Go without calculating your Ratio, ok?  And if Heart Disease isn't enough for you to get a jump on things, note that for you men, adding inches to the waistline also leads to an increased risk of:

Metabolic Disorder
Type II Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Urinary Frequency
Sexual Dysfunction
Ejaculation Difficulties

(And, if you didn't guess it, cultural and historical studies show that men are more attracted to WHR in women than to the bust-to-waist ratio in women; that's true even for blind men).

So get a move!  Today is the new day to start moving Onward & Forward for yourself.  

Possible treatments needed?  The possibilities include diet, exercise, nutrition, supplements, and hormones (e.g., testosterone, estrogen blockers, DHEA).  It all depends.

Medical Disclaimer:  This is not for medical advice, treatment, or instruction.  Please talk to your doctor for advice on how to decrease your WHR, or to make any changes to your diet or exercise.
Full Disclaimer:  Dr. Margaret Aranda Ferrante was a Certified Physician at Cenegenics.


1.  Wider waistlines put damper on men's sex lives: Study.  MSN healthy living, Aug 1, 2012.  VIew Article Here

2.  What your waist to hip ratio tells men. squidoo, View Article Here

3. Karremans JC, et al.  Blind men prefer a low waist to hip ratio.  Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(2010):182-186.  View Article Here

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