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Waist Size, not BMI, is best predictor of heart disease risk

May 20, 2011

A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that heart patients with a large waist size (greater than 35 inches for women and 40 for men) were 70 percent more likely to die during the study than those with smaller waists.

The study also found, like some previous studies have, that a high BMI was associated with a lower risk of death, a phenomenon known as the “obesity paradox.” The researchers noted this finding as an example of how BMI is a flawed measurement tool, as it tells you nothing about where fat is located in the body, and it appears that the location of the fat is more important than the amount of fat when it comes to measuring heart risks.

In fact, when BMI was combined with waist size, those with high measures of both had the highest death risk of all.

BMI also neglects to mention how muscular you might be. Athletes and completely out-of-shape people can have similar BMI scores, or a very muscular person could be classified as “obese” using BMI, when in reality it is mostly lean muscle accounting for their higher-than-average weight.

Source: Dr Mercola 20/05/2011

This is why all health and wellbeing checks from Pulse Health Screening include waist measurement as well as BMI.