ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Course #3: Targeting abdominal obesity through the diet...

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Targeting abdominal obesity through the diet: What does the evidence say?

By Kari D. Pilolla, PhD, RDN

The prevalence of abdominal obesity was estimated in 2012 to be ~54%, reflecting an 8% increase in approximately 12 years. Due to the cardiometabolic risks associated with excessive abdominal fat, it is imperative that health and fitness professionals: 1. appropriately screen for, and understand, the health consequences associated with abdominal obesity, 2. correct misinformation about trending diets for “belly fat” and 3. work with Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and encourage evidence-based diet patterns that address individual needs. This article discusses the risks of abdominal obesity, the importance of proper assessment and tracking, and research evidence on trending diets for abdominal obesity.


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At the end of this article, you should be able to apply your knowledge to: • Appropriately screen for abdominal obesity and continue to assess measures of abdominal obesity over time. • Address misinformation about diet trends for reducing abdominal obesity. • Work with a registered dietitian nutritionist to develop appropriate, individualized dietary approaches for your clients to address their full health history and health and fitness goals. Key words: Abdominal Obesity, Belly Fat, Central Obesity, Visceral Adipose Tissue, Waist Circumference

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ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Article #3
ACSM Health & Fitness Journal: September - October 2018 CEC Test #3