Number of men with pot belly increases, says survey
The ratio of people with oversize waistlines increases for adult males of all sizes in the past 20 years, according to a research released by the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW) yesterday.
Of the total of 766 males over 18- year- old measured in the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan conducted by MHW’s Health Promotion Administration from 2013 to 2014, 7.3 percent of people with standard weight (with body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24), 44.4 percent of overweight males (with BMI between 24 and 27) and 80.1 percent of obese men (BMI over 27) are found to have abdominal obesity (waist measurement over 90 cm or 35 inches).
The percentage of people with pot bellies increases for all three types of males compared to the survey conducted between 1993 and 1996, which found only 0.5 percent of standard weight men, 14 percent of overweight men and 72.4 percent of obese men had waist measurements over 90 cm.
The Health Promotion Administration pointed out that while BMI is commonly used to classify overweight and obesity in adults, waist measurement is also an indicator of fat accumulation patterns that can lead to diseases such as metabolic syndromes and cardiovascular diseases.