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Is having a 47 inch waist bad or not?

Learn what European obesity research has to say about a 47 inch waist and premature mortality.
Written By  Brianna Martin
Last Updated on 9th March 2022
A woman grabbing the fat on her 47 inch waist

Although you can be perfectly happy with your body without being slim, a 47 inch waist isn't a normal waist size for men or women.

With this in mind, the following article explains just how large a 47″ waist really is for males and females. You'll also discover the dangers of having a 47 in waist, as well as how you can both safely and effectively slim your 47 inch stomach.

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How big is a 47 inch waist?

An obese man with a 47 inch waist getting his waistline measured

Just how big is a 47 inch waist for men and women? Based on the data, a 47 inch waist is 7 inches bigger than average for males and 9 inches bigger than normal for females. This is problematic considering that obesity research shows that men with a 47 inch waist or larger have double the risk of premature death compared to those with a smaller waist.

For women, 39 inches was the cut-off point, after which the risk of premature death doubled compared to having a small waist.

As mentioned, you can be happy with your body without being slim. Indeed, there are many examples of individuals who have supposedly "ideal" bodies and are yet unhappy with their physiques (some fitness models can be particularly good examples of this type of body dysmorphia).

Despite this, you simply can't enjoy your best health while walking around with a 47 inch waistline. This is because having a 47 inch belly means that you have abdominal obesity and, therefore, visceral fat around your internal organs.

Is it bad to have a 47 inch waist?

A female grabbing some fat on her big 47 inch waist

While many people do have waistlines that exceed 47 inches, it's still bad for your physical health to have a 47" waist because such a circumference measurement can lead to metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

In the short term, being overweight and obese, which is almost a guarantee if you have a 47 inch waist, can also lead to joint pain, which can make everyday tasks more uncomfortable.

But you shouldn't despair. By making sensible food choices and following a sustainable exercise regime, you can reclaim your health and lose inches from your waist. That's the topic of the next section.

How can you reduce your 47 in waist naturally?

A woman with a 47 inch waistline working out in her living room

While there are many effective methods for slimming your stomach, successful weight loss boils down to one thing: putting your body in an energy deficit.

In practice, creating an energy deficit means consuming fewer calories than your body requires to maintain its weight. So, if you maintain your current physique on 3000 calories, then you'll need to reduce your calorie intake to around 2500 calories per day in order to see a weight loss of around a pound per week.

While it's technically possible to lose weight while eating junk food, such foods are far from ideal for optimizing your health because they're almost always devoid of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients.

As such, you want to base your diet around healthy whole foods. For protein, lean meats, fish, beans, and dairy are great options. For fats, consider snacking on nuts and eating avocados and salmon. To fuel your workouts, consume carbohydrates like potatoes, quinoa, and oats. There are many more options than those listed here, but these foods should at least give you some inspiration.

On the training side of things, perform full-body movements like burpees, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, and squats. You can do all of these exercises at home without any equipment, and, unlike isolation exercises, these full-body movements are ideal for torching fat because they burn an incredibly high amount of calories.

You should also aim to just generally be a bit more active when you can as well. Instead of scrolling on your phone during your lunch break, go for a walk instead. Instead of meeting a friend at the coffee shop, get a takeout beverage and go for a walk in the park instead. Cardiovascular exercise doesn't need to be complicated or intimidating, especially when you're just starting out.

In conclusion

An overweight man measuring his 47 in waist

As we established, although you can be satisfied with just about any type of body, you simply can't enjoy your best health while walking around with a 47 inch waist size.

Thankfully, weight loss isn't all that complicated unless you have some kind of eating disorder.

Slimming your 47 in stomach basically comes down to eating fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its mass and then sculpting your body via exercise, which will also improve your cardiovascular fitness.

References

  1. Gersh, B. (2009). General and Abdominal Adiposity and Risk of Death in Europe. Yearbook of Cardiology, 2009, 325–328. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0145-4145(09)79491-2
  2. Grundy, S. M., Brewer, H. B., Cleeman, J. I., Smith, S. C., & Lenfant, C. (2004). Definition of Metabolic Syndrome. Circulation, 109(3), 433–438. https://doi.org/10.1161/01.cir.0000111245.75752.c6
  3. Freiberg, M. S., Pencina, M. J., D’Agostino, R. B., Lanier, K., Wilson, P. W., & Vasan, R. S. (2008). BMI vs. Waist Circumference for Identifying Vascular Risk. Obesity, 16(2), 463–469. https://doi.org/10.1038/oby.2007.75
Brianna Martin
Brianna Martin has worked in health and wellness media for more than 8 years. She uses her organisational skills and passion for fitness to organise our team of content creators. As a former track and field athlete, Bri still hits the gym hard 5 times a week to maintain her flexibility and athleticism.
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