90% of U.S. men are 'overfat'. Are you?
About 90% of American men are overfat, and if your waistline measures more than half of your height you are overfat too.
A new study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health examined the growing overfat pandemic in developed countries after an earlier study by Philip Maffetone, Ivan Rivera-Domiguez and Paul B. Laursen found 76% of the world’s population is overfat.
Don’t mistake overweight with overfat – they aren’t the same thing.
In fact, overfat has nothing to do with a person’s weight. Instead, researchers only look at the measurement of a person’s waistline in comparison to a person’s height. The waist should be less than half a person’s height.
So those carrying a “spare tire” around their tummy, are “apple-shaped” or even athletes with a bulky core are considered “overfat.”
The problem can be seen on a particularly large scale in developed counties, such as the United States, where 90% of men, 80% of women and 50% of children are considered overfat.
According to researchers, the presence of excess body fat can impair health. Excess body fat, especially abdominal fat, is often associated with increased risk of chronic health issues.
“Being overfat is linked to hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and gout, pulmonary diseases, sleep apnea and others,” the study said.