What does it mean when people suffer from overfat?
The majority of men and most women in industrialized countries have weight problems. Researchers have now found that a large number of these people suffer from so-called overfat. This condition differs from being overweight and significantly endangers the health of those affected.
The researchers at Auckland University of Technology found that most people in modern industrialized countries suffer from overfat. This term refers to the accumulation of excess body fat. The researchers published the results of their study in the journal "Frontiers in Public Health".
What is overfat?
The term overfat is the condition when the body contains far too much body fat. The condition can also affect normal weight or non-overweight people. Overweight people are at increased risk for a variety of diseases, including high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis and gout, sleep apnea, the doctors explain.
In which countries are there particularly many people with overfat
Excess body fat is associated with cardiometabolic dysfunction, which can gradually worsen. This condition also increases the mortality of those affected and their quality of life is significantly reduced, the researchers say. In the United States, up to 90.9 percent of men were classified as overweight, in Iceland it was 93.6 percent and in Greece there were 91.4 men with overweight. The values of women in these countries were not much better, the experts add.
How can I identify overfat?
If your waist measures more than half your size, then according to the current study, you may already be over-fat. According to the researchers, up to 90 percent of men and 80 percent of women in developed countries can be assigned to this category. The results of the current study show that the so-called overfat pandemic is widespread and could in the future lead to the fact that about 50 percent of children in these countries suffer from overfat, the scientists explain.
BMI not effective in calculating overfat
To calculate whether you are already overweight, you should not use traditional methods of assessing a healthy body weight, experts say. Scales such as the body mass index (BMI) are not effective in calculating overfat. For a rough assessment, the researchers recommend measuring the waist at the level of the navel. Then compare this value with your size. The measurement of the waist should be less than half the size of the person.
Up to 76 percent of the world's population
Although the number of people suffering from overweight is particularly high in the United States and New Zealand, the problem is also growing in countries such as Iceland and Greece. There, the lifestyle of people is actually considered healthier, explain the doctors. However, the trend seems to be on the rise worldwide, including in developing countries. In total, up to 76 percent of the world's population could suffer from overfat, the experts add.
Physically very active people can also suffer from overfat
Scientists say even physically active people can suffer from obesity, including professional athletes in various sports. There has also been a recent surge in the rate of excess fat around the stomach, which fat is considered the most unhealthy form of excess body fat, both in adults and in children, the doctors say. (as)