• Waistline… not flat-line

    Waistline… not flat-line

    Measuring up your waistline

    Taking control of your weight starts with measuring up – and here’s how to do it.

    Putting on a few pounds is all too easily done. In fact, over half of all adults in Northern Ireland are officially overweight or obese – that’s usually down to a mix of poor diet, too much alcohol and not enough physical activity. This can lead to serious health problems such as some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

    Obesity kills 450 people a year in Northern Ireland. Having a bigger waist size increases the risk of developing these. So it’s important to measure up and see what your waistline is.

    The waistline measurement at which you are at risk of serious illness can depend on your ethnic background. For example, the risk of developing some cancers, heart disease and type 2 diabetes is described as ‘high’ for European men when they have a waist measurement of about 40 inches or more, but for Asian men their risk is high at a waist measurement of about 35 inches or more.

    Similarly, European women are described as being at high risk of developing these serious illnesses when they have a waistline measurement of about 35 inches or more, and for Asian women when their waistline measurement is about 32 inches or more.

    How to measure your waist size

    To work out if you are overweight or obese and at increased risk of developing health problems, you need to measure up. As well as checking your weight and body mass index, it’s also really important to measure your waistline size.

    Here’s how to do it in five simple steps:

    1. Get hold of a standard tape measure.
    2. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.
    3. Place the tape measure midway between these points.
    4. Stand up straight and breathe out naturally.
    5. Keep the tape measure snug but not tight around your waistline, and write down the result.

    Reading the results

    Male

    • A waistline size of 37 inches or more indicates that you have an increased risk of health problems.
    • A waistline size of about 40 inches or more indicates that you have a high risk of health problems.
    • For Asian men, a waistline size of about 35 inches or more indicates that you have a high risk of health problems.

    Female

    • A waistline size of about 32 inches or more indicates that you have an increased risk of health problems.
    • A waistline size of about 35 inches or more indicates that you have a high risk of health problems.
    • For Asian women, a waistline size of about 32 inches or more indicates that you have a high risk of health problems.

    If you fall within these risk categories then don’t leave your health to chance. Give me a call and I’ll discuss a health and fitness programme to suit you.

    Blog content c/o: www.choosetolivebetter.com/content/measuring

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