Thicker waistline leads to anxiety, which is considered as one of the most commonly found mental health disorders and especially more likely to be found in middle-aged women.
Since, there are many factors that cause anxiety, the new research has added a new link between the amount of abdominal fat on the waistline of an older woman and the possibility of developing the risk of anxiety. The findings of the research have been disclosed online in the Menopause – the journal of The North American Menopause Society.
Researchers followed the data of analysis conducted on 5,580 older women from eleven Latin American nations, who belonged to the age from 40 to 50 years old. Among the participants, nearly 57 per cent women were post-menopausal, 61 per cent were reported with anxiety.
The participants’ anxiety was calculated with the help of Goldberg Anxiety and Depression Scale and the waist-to-height ratio i.e. WHtR was assessed by following the standards of World Health Organization. The women were classified in to lower, middle and upper tertiles using the cutoff values as 0.45 and 0.6.
Executive director at the North American Menopause Society, Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton said in a statement that, “Hormone changes may be involved in the development of both anxiety and abdominal obesity because of their roles in the brain as well as in fat distribution. This study provides valuable insights for healthcare providers treating middle-aged women because it implies that waist-to-height ratio could be a good marker for evaluating patients for anxiety.”