Food is delicious and Americans can’t stay away from it. That’s why their bellies increased their circumference up to 39inches in the last ten years, and the signals are alarming, according to a report that has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
It seems that the waist circumference keeps expanding from one year to another, and flat bellies are no longer popular. However, this was foreseeable with all those fast foods out there luring the hungry people who don’t have time to cook. But Dr. Earl Ford, the author of the reporter, and who works at the Centers for Disease Control as a medical officer, is worried that this way, every year, the waistlines will continue to grow and more and more Americans will become obese.
The researchers monitored around 39,000 men and women aged at 20 and higher (45 was the average age), between the years 1999 and 2012, and in this period of time, people’s waists have increased significantly. For example, if the waist circumference reached 37.6 inches between the years 1999-2000, ten years later it increased up to 37.8inches.
While the waists of African-Americans have increased up to 39inches (by 1.6inches), it seems that the Mexican-Americans have neglected themselves even more, getting to a waist circumference of 39.6inches (it increased by 1.8inches).
A person is called obese when the waist circumference exceeds 40.2inches in men and 34.6inches in women. The researchers don’t know why waistlines continue to grow, while the body mass index is still the same. David Heber, director of UCLA Risk Factor for Obesity Clinic considers that this is related to aging, because we tend to lose muscles and we become fatter as we grow older.
Other factors might be associated with obesity: sleep problems, lack of exercises, wrong treatments etc. But one thing is for sure: an excessive fat around the belly can contribute to heart diseases, diabetes or high cholesterol.