Led by Men’s Health Network, representatives from six leading men’s health organisations around the world met at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna, Austria in 2002 and resolved to work together to launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW).
The goal is to increase awareness of male health issues on a global level and to encourage inter- and intra-national institutions to develop health policies and services that meet the specific needs of men, boys and their families.
MHW gives everyone (health professionals, service providers, sporting bodies, community groups, employers, policy makers, the media, churches and individuals) an opportunity to encourage men and boys to take better care of their health and to seek help or treatment at an early stage.
This year we’ll be focusing on belly fat. Why? Because it’s the type of fat that’s bad for your health and men are more likely to have it. It’s a problem because belly fat lurks not just beneath the surface but also gets down deep and surrounds your vital organs.
Regardless of your overall weight, a large amount of belly fat increases your risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes
- Colorectal cancer
- Sleep apnea
- Premature death from any cause
- High blood pressure
So, men need to get those tape measures out, belly button to belly button:
- <94cm = Okay
- 94 – 102cm = Risk
- >102cm = High risk
Main aims of Men’s Health Week:
- Heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages
- Support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices or activities
- Encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males