Measuring a man's belly fat

Men and belly fat: Extra pounds, extra risk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of men ages 20 and older were considered obese in 2010, up from 27.5 percent in 2000. 

Unfortunately, this trend can have a dangerous effect on men's health risks.

What can I do?

Eat healthy
A diet that emphasizes plant-based foods may help minimize belly fat. Pair up fruits, vegetables and whole grains with lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products.

Exercise portion control
Even when eating healthy, calories can still add up. Pay attention to serving sizes.

Stay active
Even moderate activity, such as brisk walking, or slightly more intense activity, like jogging, can help control weight.

Be consistent
Losing belly fat often requires a combination of effort and patience. The healthiest way to lose excess weight is through slow and steady weight loss.

If you're concerned about excess belly fat, talk to your doctor. He or she can help evaluate risks and discuss lifestyle changes that may help improve your health. Community also offers medical weight loss programs and diet and nutrition consultation.