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Waist Circumference Can Signal a
Syndrome By Rosalie Bliss
June 7, 2004
A close look at the everyday eating habits of a group of healthy
men and women showed that those who ate the greatest amounts of white bread per
year had three times greater increases in waist circumference than their
healthier-eating counterparts. The dietary pattern research study was funded by
the Agricultural Research Service, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency.
Nutritional epidemiologists P. Kirstin Newby and Katherine
Tucker, with the Jean Mayer USDA Human
Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, in Boston, Mass.,
conducted the study.
The scientists looked at the food consumption habits and
physical health measures of about 500 people. Using a seven-day dietary record,
the scientists derived five dietary patterns and correlated each participant to
one of them. These dietary patterns were labeled "healthy," "white bread,"
"alcohol," "sweets" and "meat and potatoes."
Volunteers in the "white bread" group consumed about 16 percent
of their daily calories as white bread or refined grains, which is almost five
times more than was consumed in the "healthy" group. While those in the
"healthy" cluster gained an average 1/6-inch in waist circumference annually,
those in the "white bread" cluster gained close to half an inch annually.
Abdominal weight gain and corresponding increase in waist
circumference contribute more than does overall weight to the development of
"metabolic syndrome." This condition is noted by a combination of abdominal
obesity, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and poor blood sugar control,
all of which increase risk for heart disease and diabetes.
The study's authors concluded that eating a diet high in fruits,
vegetables, reduced-fat dairy products and whole grains--and low in red and
processed meat, refined grains, fast food and soda--is associated with smaller
gains in both waist circumference and body mass index.
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