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lvehandles Did you see the latest research on  “love handles” yesterday? It seems that a French study of 120,000 men and women has shown a strong link between a large waist measurement and decreased lung function. Another great reason to make NOW the time you get your weight and health under control.

The report, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine , showed that the results were independent of smoking or overall BMI and reinforces the message of the need for a healthy lifestyle. Here is an extract from the BBC coverage of the report:

The team set out to look if there was an association between lung function and metabolic syndrome – a collection of health problems including high blood pressure and cholesterol which are strongly linked to carrying excess weight around the middle.

Abdominal obesity was defined as having a waist circumference of greater than 35 inches (89 cm) for women and 40 inches (102 cm) for men. They found a strong association between a large waist measurement and decreased lung function regardless of overall body mass index.

The association remained when they excluded those with existing cardiovascular disease or respiratory disease.

There was also a significant interaction between metabolic syndrome and smoking, with a higher risk of lung function impairment in current and former smokers than in those who never smoked.

Abdominal obesity may affect breathing through restricting the diaphragm or chest wall, the researchers suggested. But there could be other explanations. Fat tissue may increase inflammatory processes in the body which may in turn lead to respiratory problems.

You can see the full article on the BBC website by clicking here.

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