The BMI, or Body Mass Index, has become a number that most are obsessed with, and watch closely to determine their risk of diseases; however, a new study has shown that a high BMI is indicative of a low risk of heart disease. Those who scoff at diet and exercise aren’t out of the woods yet though. Doctors have found that BMI is a very flawed measurement and the risk of heart disease is more easily seen in the calculation of waist size.
Researchers have found that patients with heart problems, who have a “high ratio of waist-to-hip circumference or a large waist size -- greater than 35 inches for women, or 40 inches for men” were 70% more at risk of death during the study period than those with small waist sizes. The reason that belly fat is bad is because it is visceral fat. According to the study, visceral fat is “fat that gathers around the organs in the abdomen.” This promotes resistance to insulin and high cholesterol.