The Scarlett O'Hara Effect: Just One Inch Off Your Waist Cuts Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
A French study, recently published in Diabetes Care, tracked the effects of swelling and shrinking waistlines on risk of developing metabolic syndrome (often considered a precursor of type 2 diabetes).
A waistline expansion of a mere three inches over a nine-year period increased both men's and women's risk of developing the syndrome.
In women, conversely, the loss of only an inch around the middle lowered risk of the syndrome. And among women who already had metabolic syndrome at the study's outset, those who lost an inch or more around the waist were nearly four times more likely not to have the syndrome by the end of the study.
Unfortunately for the Scarletts among us, however, compressing the waistline by wearing a corset just doesn't carry the same benefits.
Sources: Diabetes Care, July 2007