Your waist size can be an important measure of health.
Waist circumference is an indirect indicator of intra-abdominal fat tissue, often
called visceral fat. A large waist circumference is associated with an increased risk
of type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease
because of excess abdominal fat.
To measure your waist circumference, place a tape measure around your body at the top of your hipbone. This is usually
at the level of your belly button. You are at increased risk for health problems if
A man with a waist measurement greater than 40 in. (102 cm).
A woman with a waist measurement greater than 35 in. (88 cm).
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