Beyond an issue of esthetics, the fat that accumulates in the belly or abdominal region can also pose a health risk.
The risk of suffering from obesity-related conditions not only lies in the degree of obesity, but how the body’s fat is distributed. According to the Barcelona Pharmaceutical Association, when fat accumulates in the abdominal region, there is a greater risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. When it is concentrated in the legs, however, this can affect circulation and lead to arthritis in the knees, among other conditions.
According to figures from the Spanish Heart Foundation, the average waist circumference is 34.5 inches for women and 40 inches for men. With measurements that are higher, people have greater chances of fat being accumulated in other vital organs such as the heart.
Abdominal obesity can be prevented by following a healthy diet that is low in fat and sugar and that prioritizes the consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Getting regular exercise can also help prevent abdominal obesity.
The following file is a diet recommended by the Spanish Heart Foundation for preventing becoming overweight. Download it by clicking on it.