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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Waist to hip ratio

Waist to hip ratio is increasingly being used by doctors in preference to BMI as a better measurement of the risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Why does shape matter?

Increasingly, scientific study of body shape shows that whilst being overweight is certainly bad for your health, it may not matter where that weight is held. It had been thought that fat stored centrally was worse than fat distributed elsewhere, such as on the arms or hips, but recent evidence now suggests there is an increased risk if you're overweight or obese, no matter what your shape.
Being overweight or obese puts you at greater risk of many diseases, including:
  • Heart disease,Diabetes,Liver disease,Stroke,Cancer,Infertility
So, whatever your shape, if you're overweight it will affect your health.
However, there are lifestyle factors which may affect how energy is used and fat is stored, which you can change to reduce your risk of disease.

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