Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US have found that men and women with large waistlines are more likely to die young compared to those with small waists.
The study – which took data from 11 different research projects – also found that men and women with large waist circumferences are more likely to die from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems.
These conclusions take into account the BMI, smoking, alcohol use and physical activity of around 600,000 people from around the world.
Men with waists of 43 inches or greater in circumference were at particular risk – showing a 50% higher mortality rate than men with waists measuring less than 35 inches.
This equates to a three-year lower life expectancy after the age of 40.
In contrast, women with waist circumferences of 37 inches or more had a staggering 80% higher risk of mortality compared to women with waists measuring 27 inches or less.
After the age of 40, this took off around five years of life expectancy.
Dr James Cerhan, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist and lead author of the study said: ‘”BMI is not a perfect measure. It doesn’t discriminate lean mass from fat mass, and it also doesn’t say anything about where your weight is located.
“We worry about that because extra fat in your belly has a metabolic profile that is associated with diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.”
Cerham stresses the important of exercise and diet for shedding the pounds and trimming down waist size.
As well as healthy diet and exercise, there is the option of hypnotherapy, which is becoming an increasingly popular tool for aiding weight-loss.
A hypnotherapist works to help clients develop healthier eating habits that can help promote weight management and longer life expectancy.
For more information, please see our hypnotherapy for weight-loss page.
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