Body fat distribution is important. Body fat that gathers around the waist carries with it a greater risk to health than if the weight is on the hips or buttocks.
Waist measurements greater than 40 inches in men and greater than 35 inches in women are associated with weight-related health problems.
To accurately measure your waist, measure around your middle or the narrowest part of your waist (for many people this will be near the tummy button).
Use the table to see if you are at risk of ill health.
If you are at increased risk, make healthy lifestyle changes as outlined here in our Low GI Body Fat Challenge and you will reduce or prevent any further increase.
If you are at high risk, change your eating and exercise habits to reduce your waist size and you too will see and feel the health benefits.