Maybe you’ve heard of the relatively new term “Overfat.” It might conjure images of an individual who is morbidly obese, but overfat refers to any existing body fat that can impair health. Yes, that means normal weight or even apparently thin individuals could still be overfat.
In America, obesity in nothing new, but overfat is not just about obesity. In fact, the staggering estimate from new research reveals that as high as 90% of American men are overfat. The same statistic goes for New Zealand, Greece, and Iceland.
Up to 50% of children and 80% of women nationwide could fall into the overfat category too.
According to Dr. Philip Maffetone, CEO of MAFF Fitness Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia,
“This condition, which can now be labeled a pandemic, was described by the catch-all term overfat.”
Dr. Maffetone, who teamed with the Auckland University of Technology and MAFF Fitness, estimate that beween 62% and 76% of the world’s population could be considered overfat.
The team of researchers has now set its focus on the 30 most well-developed countries and how to reduce the overfat population.
How do you classify overfat?
The classification of overfat is not easily measured by stepping on a scale and registering your weight. It is not conclusively measured by your BMI (body mass index) either. Discovering whether or not you are overfat requires taking a measurement of the waistline and comparing it with your height. The waist measurement should be less than half of the height measurement.
What are the dangers of being overfat?
Overfat is directly related to abdominal obesity, also known as central obesity. It occurs when excessive abdominal fat around the stomach and abdomen has grown to the extent that it is likely to have a negative impact on health.
There is well-documented correlation between central (abdominal) obesity and cardiovascular disease.
According to data published in Frontiers in Public Health, Being overfat is linked to Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, osteoarthritis and gout, pulmonary diseases, sleep apnea and others.
If you suspect you are overfat, do a self-test, then talk to your doctor about a plan that is designed to lower your risk by reducing your abdominal measurement.