Weight loss by the numbers. By Dawn Chen.
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There’s more to shedding kilos than monitoring the digits on the scale. Here are some other numbers you ought to know about – whether they help you set realistic goals or simply make you realise you aren’t alone.
355 days How long the average woman will spend worrying about her weight over the course of her lifetime, according to a study by Soda Stream, a home soda maker brand. It was also found that she did this for about 21 minutes on each of those days.
80cm The ideal waist circumference for women. Anything above that is bad news as belly fat tends to surround vital organs, upping your risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and stroke.
40 years The age at which your metabolism begins to decline more rapidly. What’s more, repeated bouts of starvation and indulgence will also cause your basal metabolic rate (BMR) to dip, says Dr Tey Beng Hea, a senior consultant endocrinologist at Alexandra Hospital (Juronghealth). Regular meals and exercise are key to sustaining your BMR.
18.5-22.9 The healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) range.
BMI measures the proportion of your weight in relation to your height to estimate the amount of body fat you have. It can also give a general indication of the risk levels of certain illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. To calculate yours, visit www.shape.com.sg/bmi-calculator. If your BMI is 23 and above, see a doctor before starting a diet and/or exercise routine. About five per cent of overweight and obese cases are due to hormonal causes which need to be treated first, says Dr Tey.
11% The obesity rate among Singaporean adults aged 18 to 69, according to the 2010 National Health Survey. This is expected to increase by one per cent each year.
1 in 2 Singaporeans are trying to lose weight, according to a 2012 study by Nielsen.
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