Big-bellied, apple-shaped figures – the most dangerous kind of obesity – has climbed at a startling rate over the past decade, according to CDC study.
Apple shaped Body – People whose fat has settled mostly around their waistlines instead of in their hips, thighs, buttocks or all over are known to run a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity-related ailments. Belly fat not only makes people look apple-shaped but often means fat has built up deep inside the body, around the liver and other abdominal organs.
Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 1999-2000, per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Abdominal obesity is defined as a waistline of more than 35 inches in women and more than 40 inches in men.
During the 12-year period studied, the average waist size in the U.S. expanded to 38 inches for women, a gain of 2 inches. It grew to 40 inches for men, an 1-inch increase.
The study cites possible reasons for the increase in belly fat, including exercising less, sleep deprivation and certain medicines. Also, researchers said the increase might be related to pesticides, the plastics additive BPA and other chemicals that mimic hormones that can affect weight.