Defiant Health Radio with Dr. William Davis

Big Butt or Big Gut: Is There a Difference?

January 24, 2023 William Davis, MD
Defiant Health Radio with Dr. William Davis
Big Butt or Big Gut: Is There a Difference?
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Show Notes

You have likely observed that humans, especially overweight humans, come in a variety of shapes and sizes. We all know that excess body fat is not a good thing for health, nor for self esteem. But where fat is distributed on the body plays a big role in whether excess fat increases risk for conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary disease, stroke, cancer, cognitive decline, dementia, and premature death—or whether it is only a cosmetic issue and a challenge to weight-bearing joints but not for all the common chronic conditions mentioned. 

Doctors often rely on a measure called the body-mass index, or BMI. BMI is obtained through a simple calculation (or referring to a table that lists BMIs) of height divided by weight. A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal, overweight is 25 to 29.9, over 30 is obese. But BMI suffers from a fundamental flaw: It assumes that body fat is distributed uniformly throughout the body which, of course, it is not. They also rely on total weight which also does not necessarily give you any real health insights. So let’s talk about how you can do better than the doctor to make determinations about whether the fat on your body is interfering with your health and longevity or whether it is not.


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