Mea­sure up

Diabetic Living - - Slim-down Special -

As the cir­cum­fer­ence of your waist is a good in­di­ca­tor of your body fat – in par­tic­u­lar, of your in­ter­nal fat de­posits – it is im­por­tant to know how you mea­sure up. Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment guide­lines sug­gest that women have a high risk of de­vel­op­ing weightre­lated con­di­tions, such as heart at­tack and type 2 di­a­betes, if their waists are equal to or more than 88cm. Men are at a high risk of de­vel­op­ing these con­di­tions when their waists are equal to or more than 102cm.

To get a gauge of your risk lev­els, the gov­ern­ment rec­om­mends mea­sur­ing your waist cir­cum­fer­ence by:

STEP 1

Plac­ing the tape mea­sure di­rectly on your skin, or over no more than one layer of light cloth­ing. (The cor­rect place to mea­sure your waist is halfway be­tween your low­est rib and the top of your hip­bone. This is roughly in line with your belly but­ton.)

STEP 2 Breath­ing out nor­mally and

mea­sur­ing.

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