Want to know how long you'll live? Get out a tape measure and measure your waist. A Danish study found that no matter what your BMI (body mass index) is, a larger waist circumference increases your risk of death. Keep reading for examples of what the study found.
First you need to find out your BMI. You can do this by searching for BMI calculators using your favorite search engine or if you really want to do it manually, here's the formula:
BMI = Weight in pounds x 703 divided by height in inches squared. So for example, a man weighs 190lbs and is 5'10" (70 inches). I first multiply 190 x 703 = 133,570. Then I multiply his height in inches by itself (70 x 70 = 4,900). Now I take 133,570 and divide it by 4,900 which equals 27.26 (rounded to the nearest tenth). So his BMI is 27.26. Below is your weight status category according to the US Dept. of Health & Human Services:
If your BMI is:
Below 18.5 - Underweight
18.5 - 24.9 - Normal
25 - 29.9 - Overweight
30 & Above - Obese
According to this weight status category he would be considered overweight.
Here are the details of the study of the Danish study below:
If your BMI is 19 and your waist is 30" you have a 76% higher mortality rate than if your waist was 23.5".
If your BMI is 21 and your waist is 32" you have an 89% higher mortality rate than if your waist was 24".
If your BMI is 23 and your waist is 34" you have an 88% higher mortality rate than if your waist was 26".
If your BMI is 25 and your waist is 36" you have an 87% higher mortality rate than if your waist was 28".
You get the picture. I don't know about you but these are staggering numbers and just one more reason to get into shape and shed unwanted belly fat.