A study from Latin America has shown that, in addition to factors such as genes and stress, waist size is a factor that affects anxiety.
So, even though most people will have an idea of what anxiety is, a proper definition would be: “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.” It is a disorder that affects everyone, but women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety than men, meaning they are more at risk of developing things like coronary heart disease and diabetes.
Women in general tend to be a lot more body conscious, so it only makes sense that waist size affects their levels of anxiety. With social media becoming more and more popular, it is very easy for girls to get sad or angry at their own bodies as they aren’t ‘model standard’.
The study consisted of examine data based on 5580 women’s waist-to-height ratio (dividing waist circumference by hight measurements) and comparing this to the women’s risks of having anxiety. From this, it was found that women who were overweight, or had a much higher waist size to height size were more likely to exhibit signs of anxiety. This basically means that ‘the larger a woman’s waistline, the more likely she is to experience anxiety.’
The executive director of the study, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, said…
“This study provides valuable insights for healthcare providers treating middle-aged women, because it implies that waist-to-height ratio could be a good marker for evaluating patients for anxiety.”
Hopefully these results can be used to come up with new ways of increasing body confidence in women an thus reduce anxiety levels.
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