Research conducted by French analysts showed that fat around the waist could impair the function in lungs.
A waist that is considered too large is of 35 inches (89cm) in women and 40 inches (102cm) in men.
The research studied possible connections between lung functioning and metabolic syndrome, such as high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are also connected with excess abdomen fat.
It was determined that, despite the rest of the body mass, excess abdomen fat was definitely connected with lung deficiency, even when people with cardiovascular, respiratory diseases were not taken into account.
Researchers think that abdomen fat probably constricts the diaphragm and chest making breathing more difficult, inflammation too, due to fatty tissue, may contribute to affect respiration.
More research is needed to find the exact biological components of weaker lung functioning in those people with larger waists. Experts stress the importance of taking down all patients’ waist measurements when carrying out respiratory tests, in order to acknowledge this data when assessing results.
It is already widespread that obesity, as well as insufficient exercising is damaging to health and causes major health problems, but this is the first time that researchers have linked respiratory problems to weight gain.
A healthy lifestyle with a minimum build up of fat is the best way to assure a better lung function.