If you’ve had a chance to read the rest of this month’s issue, then you already know how big of an impact your emotional health can have on your body. But what you might not know is just how big of an impact your body can also have on your emotional health.
And according to new research, that’s especially true if you happen to be a middle-aged woman.
A recent study used data from more than 5,500 Latin American women with an average age of 50. The goal was to turn a common association on its head: While we know that anxiety can lead to a wider waistline, does a wider waistline lead to higher anxiety?
As it turns out, yes—at least in this population.
Nearly 60 percent of the women in this study were postmenopausal. And just over 60 percent reported experiencing anxiety.
But researchers also found that women with the highest waist-to-height ratios were significantly more likely to have anxiety when compared with women who had the smallest waists for their height.
This connection isn’t surprising. Because when you think about it—abdominal obesity and anxiety are both risk factors for heart disease and diabetes.
And both of these risk factors are more common as a woman reaches middle age—due to the steep declines in estrogen that accompany menopause.
The good news, at least, is that alleviating your anxiety might be as simple as losing a few pounds. And as I always explain, “dieting” can be a positive experience.
Trust me when I say that it doesn’t get any simpler than my A-List Diet—which is packed with fresh produce, high quality protein, and belly-fat-melting monounsaturated fatty acids.
In other words, you can still enjoy delicious meals while shrinking your waistline.
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). “Feeling anxious? Blame the size of your waistline! New study links waist-to-height ratio to anxiety in middle-aged women.” ScienceDaily, 7 March 2018.