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Central adiposity its significance as a risk factor

Man Eating Hamburger with SodaWhat is Central Obesity/Adiposity? What is its Significance?

Central obesity means excessive deposition of fats on the abdomen as compared to waist, thus producing an apple like appearance. It is measured as Waist/Hip Ratio (WHR). This measurement gives an idea about the amount of fat present in the body. If the WHR is more than 0.85, than it can be a health hazard to that individual.

The risks associated with central obesity are:

* Insulin resistance

* Higher levels of blood sugar

* High triglyceride levels

* Low HDL (good cholesterol) and high levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)

* High blood pressure and increased risks of heart attacks

* Fifteen times greater risk of uterine cancer in females

* Increased risk of breast cancer

* High levels of anxiety and/or depression.

Therefore, one should attempt to loose the fat deposited in and around abdomen.

Waist/Hip Ratio (WHR) gives an idea about the amount of fat present in the body. If the WHR is more than 0.85, than it can he a health hazard to that individual.

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