The worrying invasion of fat in industrialized countries

Even more than excess weight, excess fat is a real time bomb for the health situation, as evidenced by this study conducted in the 30 most developed countries in the world.

Many data have already drawn attention to the high prevalence of overweight and obesity, and the adverse health consequences. What is new in this study conducted by American and New Zealand researchers is to offer a reading of the problem through excess fat, and not excess weight.

Because as they rightly point out, in excess weight, it is the excess fat that is dangerous. And excess fat can also be found in people with normal build…

Excess fat: up to 9 out of 10 adults

The authors evaluated the prevalence of excess fat in the populations of 30 of the most developed countries on the planet, and their finding is alarming: the situation is more serious than recent estimates, situating the prevalence of excess fat in the world between 62 and 76%.

In addition, there is a significant increase due to the recent increase in excess abdominal fat, the most dangerous form of excess fat. Thus, in the United States, New Zealand, Greece and Iceland, the prevalence of excess fat reaches and even slightly exceeds 90% in adults, and 50% in children!

Waist circumference less than half the size

Excess abdominal fat is of particular concern because it is associated with cardiometabolic dysfunction. Waist measurement is a good indicator of the associated risks. The authors recommend that health professionals use as a benchmark a waist circumference (measured at the height of the navel) which must remain less than half the size.

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The problem of excess fat is much bigger than that of excess weight!


Maffetone: Overfat Adults and Children in Developed Countries: The Public Health Importance of Identifying Excess Body Fat Frontiers Public Health. doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2017.00190


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