WHY IT MAT­TERS

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

We know that for women a waist cir­cum­fer­ence mea­sur­ing 80cm or more in­creases risk of dis­ease – and two in three Aus­tralian women fall into this in­creased risk group. Pub­lic health ex­pert Pro­fes­sor Ti­mothy Gill from the Univer­sity of Syd­ney says: “In gen­eral, if your waist cir­cum­fer­ence is go­ing up, you’re putting on fat, and you’re putting on the worst type of fat.” Ab­dom­i­nal fat pro­duces more of the in­flam­ma­tory chem­i­cals that have pro­found ef­fects on other parts of the body than fat stored else­where, he says, like on our butts or thighs. The good news? Los­ing as lit­tle as five per cent of your over­all body weight will help shrink your waist­line and your dis­ease risk.

‘If your waist is go­ing up, you’re putting on the worst type of fat’

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