Are you at risk?
There are a few ways of telling if you need to lose weight or waist:
1. Measuring waist size
The medical risks from being overweight are increased if excess fat is
abdominally distributed. In other words, a beer belly is very bad for your health!
Measuring your waist circumference is a quick and simple way to estimate the
risk that abdominal fat poses to your health and is widely recognised by doctors
as the gold standard in the measurement of overweight.
Heart disease risk increases when your waist size is greater than 94cm/37".
You should seriously consider losing waist if your belly exceeds 37"as doctors now
actively encourage waist loss if a your waist size is greater than 94cm/37".
Use the chart below to see if your waist size is putting your health
is at risk and if you need to reduce the size of your waist.
|Less than 94 cm or 37 inches
|94 to 101 cm or 37 - 40 inches
||Increased Health Risk
|More than 101cm or 40 inches
||Greater Health Risk
2. Measuring weight
A common measurement used by doctors is Body Mass Index (BMI),
calculated by dividing weight (in kilograms) by height (in metres)
squared. BMI helps classify overweight and describes the degree of risk
to health. The table below shows the ranges of BMI and the corresponding levels of health risk.
|less than 20
|20 - 24.9
|25 - 29.9
|30 - 34.4
|35 - 39.9
3. Measuring "fatness"
Measuring the fat content of your body is an excellent way to measure your health risk.
Simple monitors are now available that will measure your body fat content for you and the fatmanslim shop
has several types for you to buy.
The table below shows the range of body fat levels and the corresponding levels of overweight and health risk.
|less than 10% fat
|10 - 20% fat
|20 - 25% fat
|25 - 30% fat
|30 - 40% fat
|over 40% fat