The Official Newsletter of
April 10, 2007


Waist Size New 
Vital Sign for Doctors

by Ron Brown, author of The Body Fat Guide 

"Ron Brown is a certified fitness trainer who doesn't have an inch of flab on his body. He'll tell you what you can do to become fit and trim too." 
Washington DC


ALONG WITH blood pressure and cholesterol levels, doctors here in Canada are being advised to include waist size measurements as a new vital sign in accessing patients' health. An organization called Obesity Canada recently made the recommendation in response to the alarming rise in obesity in the country's children and adults. As in the United States, doctors are seeing cases of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in younger patients, and predictions are that this will be the first generation that will have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

So why is waist size so important, and what can be done about it? Readers of have known for years about the important role waist size plays in determining a person's health and appearance. But just knowing your waist size alone won't really give you much useful information. More important is the ratio of your waist size to your bodyweight, an indication of your body fat percentage. Regardless of a person's height, bone structure, waist size or bodyweight, which should all be included in assessing health, it is one's body fat percentage and body composition that remains one of the most important vital signs for health as well as for appearance.

Unfortunately, after using their waist size to calculate their body composition, the patient is still left with the daunting task of modifying their waist size and lowering their body fat percentage if necessary. That's where providing the patient with a method to measure and adjust their energy balance plays a crucial role. It is the balance between one's calorie intake and calorie expenditures that must be self-monitored and managed by the patient to effect favorable changes in the patient's waist size and body composition.

The Body Fat Guide is still the number one book for providing all this information to readers. Armed with a tape measure and a scale, The Body Fat Guide offers you the quickest, easiest, least expensive method for estimating and modifying your body composition and energy balance. And nothing is required other than a normal balanced diet and healthy amounts of moderate drugs, surgery, supplements, or strenuous exercise.

So, why wait for your doctor to tell you your waist size is a problem? Measure your waist today and get started doing something about it now...with the help of The Body Fat Guide.

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