By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This is the perfect time of year to begin a reasonable weight loss program. You have plenty of time before summer and it allows you to take your time – remember you can’t undo years of damage in a week or a month.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: 62-Year-Old Man Violently Carjacked By Group Of Teenagers In Olney
You could look better in that bathing suit in a few months but there is a far more important reason to take a look at the waistline. According to research from Ohio State, even a marginally increased waistline is strongly associated with high blood pressure problems in adults.READ MORE: City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson's Minor Curfew Law In Effect Until End Of September
In fact, some experts are suggesting that increased waist circumference should be added to heart risk assessment tools, like cigarette smoking and high cholesterol.MORE NEWS: Patty Jackson To Host Essence Of Entertainment Concert Series At The Dell Music Center In Her 40th Year In Radio
This is not the first study to point out the importance of looking at waist circumference. It’s a very important issue.