Watch your waist

National Heart Lung and Blood InstituteJanuary 1, 2011 

  • If most of your fat is around your waist, your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes increases. The risk rises for women with waist sizes greater than 35 inches and for men with greater than 40 inches.

    Here's how to measure accurately: Stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Exhale. Measure.

If most of your fat is around your waist, your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes increases. The risk rises for women with waist sizes greater than 35 inches and for men with greater than 40 inches. Here’s how to measure accurately: Stand and place a tape measure around your middle, just above your hipbones. Exhale. Measure.

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