What Does Your Hip Waist Ratio Mean

Sunday, January 3rd 2010. | Diet & Fat Loss Tips, Exercises & Tips

Getting to Know Your Hip Waist Ratio

A woman’s hip waist ratio is something that many work on but the fact remains that many have know idea what they need to increase or decrease the number.  Your ratio could mean several things and how you look is just one of them.  Sure you want a smaller waist to hip ratio to look great in that black dress but there are other factors to consider as well.

Since hip waist ratio is such a heavily search term on the internet I decided to post an article on my site to go more into detail.  Normally I write my post but this time I found a good article to help women until I do some more research and write one of my own.  I really think this is a good article for women concerned with their waist to hip measurements so I copied and pasted it below.

Women’s Weight and Colon Cancer

By Paul Sidney

Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is considered healthy. If you are obese, you have a much higher amount of body fat than lean muscle mass. Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight or with a BMI greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese. Obese women, with a BMI of at least 30, run a 45 percent higher risk of death from all causes, as against women who had a normal weight-height ratio. Carrying excess weight in the waist and hips may increase an older woman’s risk of dying from colon cancer. Extra pounds at the waist and hips appear to be more of a factor in colon cancer deaths than overall weight or BMI.

Women with a high waist-hip ratio of 40 percent more are more likely to die of colon cancer. Those with waist size of 37.5 inches or higher run the highest death risk than those with a healthier waist line. Body shape plays a role as well. Both an unhealthy waist-hip ratio and large waist size are associated with a higher risk of death.

Rates of obesity are climbing. According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in the US. Death rates have declined over the past 15 years mostly due to better screening and treatments. People 50 and older should get regular screenings such as a colonoscopy. And maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help people of all ages. Consuming more calories than you burn leads to being overweight and, eventually, obesity. The body stores unused calories as fat. Obesity can be the result of:

  • Eating more food than the body can use
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Not getting enough exercise

Obesity is a significant health threat to women. The extra weight puts unusual stress on all parts of the body. It raises your risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and gallbladder disease. Conditions such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which were once thought to mainly affect adults, are often seen in children who are obese. Obesity may also increase the risk for some types of cancer. Persons who are obese are more likely to develop osteoarthritis and sleep apnea.

Being underweight is not good either. It is too early to say whether a decrease in weight characteristics after diagnosis will also decrease mortality risk; at that point it may be too late. Therefore, it’s best to maintain a normal, healthy body weight throughout life. Underweight women, those with a BMI below 18.5, are 89 percent more likely to die from all reasons compared to women with normal BMI. Important new information to our understanding of the role of excess body size and under weight health underscores the importance of maintaining a healthy body size throughout life.

“Maintaining a healthy body weight is beneficial for post-menopausal women. This may also be beneficial for those diagnosed with colon cancer later in life. A healthy diet and regular exercise can help prevent weight gain.

Increase your daily activity. Take the stairs rather than the elevator, or walk instead of driving (when possible). It looks like abdominal obesity may be a useful indicator of higher colon cancer mortality. You owe it to yourself to keep a check on your weight and develop healthier eating habits.

Your health care provider can perform a physical exam and ask questions about your medical history, eating habits, and exercise routine. Skin fold measurements may be taken to check your body composition. Blood tests may be done to look for thyroid or endocrine problems, which could lead to weight gain. A combination of calorie restriction and exercise (when adhered to) appears to be more effective rather than either one alone. Sticking to a weight reduction program is difficult and requires a lot of support from family and friends. Many people find it easier to follow a diet and exercise program if they join a group of people with similar problems. Another good option to consider for support is to seek the help of a Health and Wellness Coach. This is a health professional who has a comprehensive knowledge of weight loss and healthy nutrition. With their assistance, you’ll gain the motivation, encouragement and discipline required for weight management success. It has been proven that people lose weight and keep it off three times more successfully when they receive coaching vs. trying to do it on their own with no help. A good health and wellness coach will be able to teach you how to build and maintain a healthy and sustainable healthstyle.

Even modest weight loss can improve your health. It is important to work with your health care provider or health wellness coach to develop a plan that is best for you. For most people, weight can be lost by eating a healthier diet, exercising more, and adopting new behaviors such as keeping a food diary, avoiding food triggers, and thinking positively. There are many over-the-counter diet products. Most do not work and some can be dangerous. Before using one, talk to your health care provider or personal physician.

My name is Paul Sidney and I help people seeking to improve their quality of life by way of weight loss and healthy nutrition coaching. As a Health and Wellness Coach, I actively provide support and encouragement to many people working on their health and weight loss goals. If you’re considering plans for improving your health and wellness, then I invite you to visit my blog to become more acquainted and learn how your goals can be accomplished. http://weightreductionblog.com/ Not a member? Sign up for our free Healthy Lifestyle Newsletter.

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This is a good article about the other affects of you hip waist ratio.  Like I said this is just a starting point for my readers and if you would like to learn more look around my site or search Google or Youtube for more information to guide you on your quest for a smaller waist and sexier hips.

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