While being overfat may sound like a cruel joke, or a meme circulating on social media, it’s actually a clinical definition for a specific type of excess body weight.
Obesity and body mass index are common terms used to classify body weight that most people are already familiar with. Being overfat may soon be added to the list of terms your doctor may commonly use and it has to do with a specific area of body fat accumulation.
Are You Overfat?
So what is overfat, and should you be worried? Overfat is defined in a recent study to help classify people who are at risk of health complications due to fat accumulation around their waist but are not technically defined as obese.
If you are 20% over your ideal weight you are considered obese, which presents common health risks with excess weight. If your body mass index is between 25-29, you are considered overweight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese.
A person who is overfat is anyone who is not clinically obese, as defined by BMI, but the size of their waist is greater than twice their height.
A person who is six feet tall with a waist size greater than 36” would be considered overfat.
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The Health Risks
While the term overfat may not be the best choice to describe a group of people, its importance to help identify health risks can’t be denied. There’s an alarming number of people in developed countries at risk due to the complications associated with fat accumulation around your waist.
You may not be obese, or even greatly overweight, but you can still have very serious health risks because of where your excess body fat has accumulated.
Health Risks Of Being Overfat
– High blood pressure
– Sleep apnea
– Increased risk of heart attack
– Increased risk of stroke
– Increased insulin resistance
– Increased inflammation (linked to cancer risk)
– Increased blood glucose levels
– Decreased lean body mass
If a doctor is exclusively using the body mass index as a way to identify and inform patients, they would be limiting the scope of people who may be at risk due to weight related complications.
Overfat will be a clinical definition doctors, and medical professionals, use to help identify at risk individuals who aren’t obese.
Hopefully, they come up with a better name for it though.
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