Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Practice ABC of obesity

Obesity—can we turn the tide?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1261

Rapid Response:

Personal Exercise for Obesity

When standing idle(at the bus stop etc),one can repeatedly tighten
the rectus abdominis.Since this creates pressure on the inferior vena
cava,it increases the return of blood to the heart and more importantly
(as I read many years ago) it increases fibrinolysis.Thus one can train
this abdominal muscle ,and at the same time be reminded of one`s abdominal
girth, and several times per day enhance fibrinolysis !It is a constant
reminder of not to eat too much.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

20 December 2006
retired Physician