Waist Circumference

Another way of determining if you’re at a healthy weight is to measure your waist circumference.  If you carry most of your weight arouhnd your waist or upper body, you have an apple shape.  If you carry most of your fat around your hips and thighs you have a pear shape.

Generally, it’s better to have a pear shape than an apple shape.  That’s because excess fat around your abdomen is linked with greater risk of weight-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

To determine whether you are carrying too much weight around your abdomen, measure your waist circumference at its smallest point, usually at the level of your navel.  If you’re a man with a waist over 40 inches or a woman with a waist over 35 inches, you’re at higher risk of health problems, especial if your BMI is 25 or higher.

 

 

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