Waist Size

Weight loss is attainable and even if not, the steps taken to achieve it definitely lead to a better quality of life. According to professionals at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), trying to stay fit by maintaining a healthy BMI may signify good heart health.

The team found that an increase of about 4kg/m2 in BMI over a lifespan could elevate the chances of heart disease. The risk factor could rise by nearly 50% on an average. Physical activity and diet control hold the key to a healthy weight, say the scientists.

Victoria Taylor, BHF senior dietitian, commented, “Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease on its own, but it also increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and raised blood pressure. It’s therefore vital we all try to achieve and maintain a healthy weight throughout our lives.

However, the team also underlined the role of the food industry and eminent citizens of the country in restricting the obesity epidemic. New food labeling mechanisms providing appropriate calorie counts and preservative content need to be developed. Many people are influenced by such factors, which may contribute substantially to a healthy way of life.

In terms of physical exertion, places where many groups of individuals can exercise on a regular basis should be developed. Reported in the journal, PloS Medicine, the study showed that such practices ought to be encouraged not just to maintain general health, but for an active heart as well. Diet limitations and exercise along with a general consciousness of weight increase could go a long way in warding off diseases including heart ailments.