Wednesday, March 12, 2014
OK then: we already know that BMI (body mass index) is not an accurate reflection of body fat or likelihood of diagnosis with cancer, diabetes, heart problems. And although most of us are obsessed by the scale, pounds relative to height doesn't tell the whole story either -- because muscle is heavy.
So: what does count?
The ratio between height and waist measurement. Because that zeroes in on the critical "visceral fat" issue: the fat packed into the abdomen around the "viscera" or guts or internal organs. (And yup: that's where I put on the weight myself. I'm a natural "apple", not a "pear".)
So what's the goal? A ratio of waist to height of less than 50%. Waist measurement in inches divided by height in inches.
I'm good. Less than 45. And enjoying my "exercise is medicine" prescription which will help me keep it that way!