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Why is my waist size important?

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Why is my waist size important?
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Finding out your BMI (body mass index) is the best way to see if you are the right weight for your height. If your BMI shows that you are overweight for your height, you should seriously think about losing weight to avoid the risk of health problems such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Calculate your body mass index number here

Your waist size is also important. If your waist size is too large you should try to lose weight from around your middle. Of course, the right size waist depends a lot on what type of figure you have and whether you're tall or petite.

If you measure your waist around the top of your hips you'll find out your waist circumference. If this is over 37 inches/94 cms (for the average adult man) or over 32 inches/81 cms (for the average adult woman) you're at a higher risk of health problems.

Most people are either apple shaped or pear shaped. This means that when they put on weight, the fat is stored around the hips (pear-shaped) or the middle (apple-shaped). If you're overweight and apple-shaped you are at higher risk of health problems than if you're overweight and pear-shaped. If you're apple-shaped and overweight the best way to lose weight is to do more regular exercise. You should do at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, and increase this to about 60 minutes for better results. This will also improve your general health and increase your life expectancy.

How to measure your waist:

Find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips and measure in the middle. For most people this is where their tummy button is.

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