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Belly Fat

What does your waistline say about your health? An increase in belly fat can do more than make it hard to zip up your jeans. Research shows that belly fat also carries serious health risks. The good news? The threats posed by belly fat can be cut down to size. ***(Hehehe, get it!!) ***comment not to be included)

Your weight is largely determined by how you balance the food you eat with the energy you burn. If you eat the wrong types of foods and exercise too little, you're likely to pack on excess pounds — including belly fat.

The trouble with belly fat is that it's not limited to the extra layer of padding located just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). It also includes visceral fat — which lies deep inside your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs. Although subcutaneous fat poses cosmetic concerns, visceral fat is linked with far more dangerous health problems, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colorectal cancer


So how do you know if you have too much belly fat? Simply measure your waist:

  • Place a tape measure around your bare stomach, just above your hipbone.
  • Pull the tape measure until it fits snugly around you, but doesn't push into your skin.
  • Make sure the tape measure is level all the way around.
  • Relax, exhale and measure your waist, resisting the urge to suck in your stomach.


For women, a waist measurement of 35 inches (89 centimeters) or more indicates an unhealthy concentration of belly fat and a greater risk of problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. For men, a waist measurement of 40 inches (102 centimeters) or more is considered cause for concern.

Research also has associated belly fat with an increased risk of premature death — regardless of overall weight. In fact, some studies have found that even when individuals were considered a normal weight based on standard body mass index (BMI) measurements, a large waistline increased the risk of dying of cardiovascular disease.


Meet with Dr. Higgins and her team to discuss getting that slim, and healthy waistline back.

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SCARBOROUGH Chiropractor | Belly Fat. Dr. Paulette Higgins is a SCARBOROUGH Chiropractor.