What’s the Ideal Waist Size?

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NutritionFacts .org
12 Jan 2021

Are there benefits to reducing waist size? Increased risk of metabolic complications starts at an abdominal circumference of 31.5 inches in women and 37 inches in most men, though it’s closer to 35.5 inches for South Asian, Chinese, and Japanese men.

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This video may be triggering for people with a history of eating disorders. While there is an optimum waist size for health, it is important that one does not go to extreme measures to achieve these numbers, as this can result in devastating physical and mental consequences. For those struggling with an eating disorder, consider checking out https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/.

This is the final video in this series on obesity and weight. If you missed any of the others, check them out:
• The Best Knee Replacement Alternative for Osteoarthritis Treatment (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-best-knee-repl
• The Effects of Obesity on Back Pain, Blood Pressure, Cancer, and Diabetes (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-effects-of-obe
• The Effects of Obesity on Dementia, Brain Function, and Fertility (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-effects-of-obe
• The Effects of Obesity on Gallstones, Acid Reflux, and Cardiovascular Disease (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-effects-of-obe
• The Effects of Obesity on the Immune System and Kidney and Liver Diseases (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-effects-of-obe
• Is the Obesity Paradox Real or a Myth? (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/is-the-obesity-par
• What’s the Ideal BMI? (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/whats-the-ideal-bm

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