The fat around your middle can be thought of as your “insulin meter”.
The thicker your waist is in comparison to your hips, the more likely you are insulin resistant. That’s why waist circumference is a much better way to measure your fat storage than BMI (body mass index). Unfortunately, BMI is used by insurance companies to determine obesity. Very lean professional football players have extremely high BMIs and would be considered obese and, of course, they aren’t.
Even the clothing industry has changed its proportions to match America’s expanding waistlines. Years ago, I was costuming my daughter’s drama class for its winter production. I had a high-waist red business suit that looked like it should fit the fifteen-year-old who was playing the mother. While this girl was quite thin, I had to expand the waist in the pants to fit her. She was not an exception.
Since the mid-nineties, our youth’s waistlines have been expanding, corresponding to our computer technology when most kids began to spend much less time playing outdoors and more time in front of screens. Most doctors do not treat Insulin Resistance. Treatment usually starts when a patient is diagnosed as Diabetic. Why wait?