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Dr. Oz refresher tip

I just watched the Oprah again that had Dr. Oz. He said that if you have a waist of 40 inches for women, 45 inches for men, you are in as much of a physical disease state as someone with breast cancer.

What matters is the fat on the inside that coats your organs. To measure your waist size, you can suck in as much as you want, and you measure around the belly button.

The rule of thumb for the "ideal" waist size is 1/2 of your height in inches. So, if you're 5'5", this is 65 inches, so the ideal waist size is 32 1/2.

This was an eye opener for me, thought I would post and share for everyone.


Thu. Jan 4, 10:22am

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I also watched the show... I found it funny that even when sucking in the measurement around my waist was exactly the same. Did anyone else find this?

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 10:26 AM

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That ideal waist measurement -- are you sure that applies to women? I am 5'4" and 175 lbs, which puts me smack on the borderline of "obese" and "overweight". My waist measurement is 34" (for the 10:26 poster - it's actually 3/4" smaller when I suck it in). It's hard to believe that I'm only 2" away from Dr Oz's ideal when, if my waist continues to shrink about an inch every 7-8 lbs. as it has been doing, I'll only be 160 (a BMI of about 27). I like Dr. Oz, but I don't buy this formula...which is why I question whether it's meant for men.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 10:36 AM

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I should have explained what the word "ideal" means. I could be wrong, but I assume that it means that if you're at your "ideal" you are at physical health risk.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 10:38 AM

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what?! so if you're 5'4'' with a waist of 32 1/2 '', you're at risk? no. there's something wrong here.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 10:42 AM

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No. Sorry, I misspoke. Or mistyped if you will. If you are at your "ideal" you are NOT at a physical health risk.


Thursday, January 04, 2007, 10:48 AM

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Ah...and here I was hoping that the concept of the ideal shape/size for women was finally moving toward the "realistic" end of the spectrum...

Thanks Elle!

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 11:34 AM

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for 10:36

I didn't see the show, but:

What people talk about when they talk about waist measurements is ABDOMINAL fat. You can be overweight and carry it all on your butt and hips, and not have a lot of abdominal fat. This isn't nearly as dangerous, because it isn't packed around all your vital organs.

So, yes, this measurement is meant for women. We're not all the same shape at the same weight, and some shapes ARE better than others.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 12:09 PM

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Thanks, from 10:36

Woohoo, so that means I am "fortunately fat" instead of "unfortunately fat". Though maybe I should measure again, since I measured at my natural waist and not at the belly button.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 2:38 PM

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I thought it said measure at your smallest point for women and an inch under the belly button for men? I'll have to look at my book once I get it back from my mother.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 4:50 PM

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sorry but you are OBESE

to the lady who is 175lbs and 5'4". I'm sorry but you are obese. I am 5'2" with a 27" waist and I think I could lose a couple inches. If I was 34" I think I would freak out. What I not understand is that when someone is drunk, you can tell someone to stop drinking because they have had too much. But when someone is fat, I think people should tell that person that they have had too much and they should stop eating or do something about it instead of just say it is ok. It makes me sick that Americans are getting so overweight.

Friday, April 08, 2011, 1:26 PM

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Well 1:26, maybe you have some psychological problems. It makes me sick that many women spend more time worrying about their physical appearance than doing things to make their communities better.

Lots of people do things, and do all the 'right' things but aren't successful. That 200lb woman you see who is having a cheeseburger may have months ago been a 400lb woman, who's lost 200lbs, and is enjoying a cheeseburger for the first time all year. She doesn't need your arrogant judgment.

Weight loss is NOT as simple as eat less move more, for a number of people.

Friday, April 08, 2011, 4:10 PM

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From what I remember of this topic, Dr. Oz is not talking about being at your ideal physically - he's talking more about reducing health risks, health risks that result in having all that abdominal fat. And I believe the person from (uh....) 2007 (!!) was saying that she could probably stand to lose more even when she got to Dr. Oz's recommended waist size.

By now - FOUR years later - that person might possibly ber ocking an ideal waist size and an ideal physique, putting 1:26's 27 inch waist to shame!

Saturday, April 09, 2011, 9:40 AM

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