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Evolution Of The Indian Paunch

Evolution Of The Indian Paunch

Do you know why Indians have paunches (Fat Around The Waist)?. During Queen Victoria's reign 1.5 crore people died of Famine. The body adapted by storing fat, leading to broader waistlines. This is known as the El Nino effect. If you compare a European and an Indian with the same BMI, the Indian will have fat around the waist area because of the El Nino effect.

BMI (Body Mass Index) = ( Weight in Kilograms / ( Height in Meters x Height in Meters ) )

If your BMI is over 25, you are deemed overweight. And if it's over 30, you are considered obese. Due to El Nino effect, the doctors want revision of BMI standards for India.

New limit of BMI

BMI = 23 is Overweight
BMI = 27 is Obese

Your growing paunch can be the result of the El Nino effect.