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A healthy goal | Why you SHOULD have a smaller waist

Nowadays people feel like the beauty industry is extremely unrealistic and harsh towards overweight people. While that’s true, the beauty industry is a reflection of what most people want to be and what most of us just want to look at. Why would we buy into it if we didn’t feel deep down inside that beauty ideals are realistically achievable and worth appreciating.

We live in a society nowadays where every activity that we’re involved in is centered around food, and we don’t partake in a lot of physical activity either. Even our jobs require us to sit down almost the entire day. And because of this, it only makes sense for us to feel like the beauty ideals are unachievable. Our lifestyles aren’t even compatible with it.

Looking into history though, you can see that our waists have progressively gotten larger over time. There’s a lot of research that confirms that the size of our hips and the size of our waists are actually indicators of how attractive we are, whether we’ll die from certain diseases, and how long we’re going to live. The size of our waists can actually predict our natural death.

One study revealed that despite our different BMIs (body weight according to height) if we have a disproportionately larger waist, regardless of our age, we have a 25% increased risk of death. The waist isn’t just a beauty ideal, it’s actually part of our bodies, and the waist actually indicates how healthy we are. So as our health deteriorates over time, our waists grow larger.

There are certain factors that influence the size of our waists. Our waists can become larger or smaller depending on what changes we make in our lifestyles. For example, just by spending a lot of time in the sun, the waist can get smaller.

The first step is to find out where you’re starting. How large is your waist right now and how far do you need to go? Researchers use Waist to hip ratio. You measure your waist with measuring tape at the smallest area of your belly, and you measure your hips at the largest area of your bottom/hips. When measuring, make sure that if you’re wearing something, it is very thin. Then you divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement to get your waist to hip ratio (WHR).

The measure of your waist is actually an indicator of the health of your heart. For women, 0.8 and below is considered low risk, 0.81-0.85 is moderate risk, and 0.85 and up is high risk. For men, 0.95 is low risk, 0.96-1 is moderate risk, and 1 or higher is high risk. So if your waist measurement is in the moderate or high risk category, then there is something that has to change with your lifestyle.

So throw the whole beauty industry and beauty ideals out the window and just focus on your health. Research has shown that the measurement of your waist reflects the health of your heart. So if you’re trying to be healthy, it’s helpful to keep track of your waist size.

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Sources:
https://academic.oup.com/aje/article/167/12/1465/89017
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1563011013000573
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886916309011  

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