Overweight. Obese. Fat. There are already so many words to describe this condition. Do we really need to add another? In short, yes. Yes we do. Each one word has different connotations, and overfat is no different. In this case, the word overfat implies a person has excess fat specifically around their waistline.
What is Overfat?
Being overfat isn’t limited to obese people. It can include non-obese individuals weighing within the healthy body mass index (BMI) range. According to the Frontiers of Public Health journal, 76% of the population of the world may be overfat. These statistics gets more alarming when it comes to findings among the most developed nations; where up to 50% of children and 90% of adult males may be overfat.
Conventional means of assessment, such as calculating BMI or measuring weight on a scale, are not effective in determining whether you are overfat. A more effective method is measuring your around your waistline at the belly button level and then comparing that number to your height. If your waistline is longer than half your height, then you are likely overfat. Before jumping to conclusions though, you should tell your primary care provider about your concerns and have them determine the truth. This is a common condition; even some military personnel and professional athletes fall into this category.
The overfat pandemic is most prevalent in the United States and other English-speaking countries such as New Zealand, and Greece and Iceland. Developing countries have followed suit as well since they are progressively following the diet habits of developed countries. A study led by Australian health expert Philip Maffetone established that 90% of American men are overfat. American women are not faring very well either, with 80% of women falling into this category.
Health Concerns Associated with Being Overfat
As previously mentioned, being overfat is not limited to those who are obese. This is the reason why the majority of the population falls under this category. To be considered overfat, there needs to be excess fat stored in the abdominal area of your body, also known as abdominal adiposity. This is the worst area to accumulate fat because, unlike fat stored in other areas of your body, it can wrap around your vital organs.
Being overfat increases your risk of morbidity, which makes you prone to chronic diseases like
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
- osteoarthritis and gout
- gallbladder disease
- pulmonary disease
- high blood pressure
Further health risks:
- sleep apnea
- high cholesterol levels
- overall reduced quality of life
The fact that 90% of American men are overfat may be shocking, but what’s more disturbing is that most of them don’t know they are overfat. The focus of the public has been obesity and as such, many people don’t know that overfat is even a condition they could be suffering from, let alone how dangerous it is. What’s more, many people who aren’t considered overweight by BMI standards might not have any of these concerns even on their radar.
Regardless of your weight, it’s vital to your health that you maintain a healthy, balanced diet. If you’re not yet overfat, this will help prevent you from getting the condition, and if you’re already dealing with it, a healthy diet can help reverse the effects.