It is not just how much fat you have, or your weight, but rather, the distribution of fat in your body that plays an important role in the development of certain diseases.
Latest scientific evidence has reported that waist-to-hip ratio may be another valuable marker, if not a greater indicator of some cardiovascular illnesses (ex. coronary heart disease, stroke) than the commonly-used measure of BMI. Elevated central or abdominal body fat (measured by waist-to-hip ratio), is significantly associated with higher risks of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It was also shown that abdominal obesity has a stronger effect on stroke risk than BMI.
While it is difficult to disentangle the two measures, they should both be taken into account when estimating the impact of fat distribution on health and identifying patients at risk of cardiovascular diseases.
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By Ms. Ayla Coussa
Ms. Ayla Coussa is licensed by the American and Canadian Orders of Dietetics and is the Clinical Dietitian at Fakih IVF. Prior to joining Fakih IVF, Ms. Coussa ran a private practice in dietetics in two polyclinics in Montreal, Canada. Ms. Coussa is specialized in diabetes and weight management and was involved in patients counseling at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, Canada. Ms. Coussa played a pioneer role in introducing Nutrigenomix©, which is the nutritional analysis test using genetic testing, into the Quebec market in 2012. She has previously worked in Aleppo, Syria on starting-up a dietetic practice in private hospitals. Ms. Coussa has also been involved in academia as a teacher assistant at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) since 2010 and as a guest lecturer in the Department of Dietetics & Human Nutrition since 2012. As a registered dietitian and an ongoing advocate of public wellbeing, Ms. Coussa developed the first Arabic version of the Diabetes Prevention and Management Nutrition tool for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Ms. Coussa’s areas of expertise involve cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.