What is the Connection Between Belly Fat and Heart Health?
We live in a world where food is abundant and a lot of processed and unhealthy foods have made their way to the grocery stores.
India, being a country that has a huge population to boot, is suffering from an obesity epidemic. Did you know that belly fat has a connection with heart health?
According to a survey that was released by the World Health Organization (WHO), 60% of Indians (or 3 out 5) who are overweight or obese that are 45 years of age or below are more likely to develop heart disease in the future.
Why does the country suffer from an obesity epidemic? Well, that can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle that is the way of life for some Indians and couple that with hectic work schedules that leaves them without time for themselves to work out or do some physical activities.
Here are some other interesting tidbits. About 81% of Indians who have a lot of belly fat eat outside at least once a week. 69% of Indians eat junk food at least once a week. 58% of Indians don’t get enough sleep which may result in a much higher belly fat percentage and 61% of them do not exercise regularly, which contributes to their bulging midsections and might negatively impact their sexual life especially on last longer in bed.
I think that the increased risk of heart disease is due to the fact that a lot of people do not have awareness of this- that belly fat can actually lead them to a higher risk.
What Doctors Say
Armed with this knowledge, doctors all over the world advocate that people should develop a more healthy lifestyle. I think that awareness of the fact is also mandatory and information drives should be made in order for people to acknowledge the fact that the more belly fat you have, the more at risk you are of developing cardiovascular disease.
Lead author of the book, Eat Delete, Pooja Makhija, who also happens to be a celebrity nutritionist, says that people should have a more heart-healthy lifestyle.
They must eat foods that are nutritious and they should ditch eating foods that are not good for their bodies.
The main idea that I want to address here is that you need to do something about your belly fat. Start by eating nutritious foods and if you are accustomed to gorging a lot of foods at once, you may want to start controlling your food portions as well.
You also want to eliminate junk foods from your diet and I highly recommend that you start becoming more physically active. Having more than 3 hours of exercise per week will ensure that your body will kick start its metabolism– burning more fat in the process.Remember, if you have a high percentage of belly fat, then you have a much higher risk of having heart disease later in life.