Num­ber of men with pot belly in­creases, says sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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