it's not based on weight.
The reason they give that number is that when you are over 34" there is a lot of (I believe it is called "adipose") fat, that is the bad fat. In my case, when I was apple shaped, I began to suffer from fatty liver, in my ultrasound. That is actually what prompted me to lose weight. Abdominal fat, when it encases your organs, is a highly correlated indicator of pending metabolic diseases. In my case not only did the liver start retaining fat, by my triglycerides skyrocketed. Fast. Whether the fat is chemically different, I will leave to a chemist. But, behaviorally, abdominal fat causes more health problems. (This is also why apple shaped women suffer a higher rate of stroke). That is why, at 34" and higher, these risks surface.
(Unlike our builds, women tend to not differ as much in the amount of space used up by their abdominal organs... thus waists should not vary as much as hips and chests and shoulders, etc)
Incidentally, once my waist dropped below 33 inches or so, I quickly (like in 6 months) dropped 102 points in my trigylcerides. Very interesting stuff.
Hit goal on December 14th 2013
Time to lower the goal, I guess!
Last edited by delmarva; 12-31-2013 at 08:11 PM.