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What waist measurements mean for your heart
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What waist measurements mean for your heart

How your waist measurement contributes to your heart health

1 min read
Waist measurement is a simple check to tell if you’re carrying excess body fat around your middle. 

Your waist measurement is an indicator of the level of internal fat deposits that coat the heart, kidneys, liver, digestive organs and pancreas.  

This can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. 

How to measure your waist 

  1. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs. 
  2. Breathe out normally. 
  3. Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist. 
  4. Check your measurement. 

What does my measurement mean? 

Your health is at risk if your waist size is: 
Men:Over 94cm (about 37 inches)* 
Women:Over 80cm (about 31.5 inches)* 

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