The Way to Gauge Your Waist

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Pic­ture your abs as the mus­cles that lie be­tween two lay­ers of fat: sub­cu­ta­neous ( just be­low the skin) and vis­ceral (deep down), which sur­rounds your or­gans. Too much of the lat­ter can up your risk for heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, and more as it cramps how the or­gans func­tion. That’s why docs want you to keep an eye on waist cir­cum­fer­ence. Best bet to mea­sure it? “Place a tape mea­sure at the nar­row­est point, be­tween the belly but­ton and the bot­tom of the ster­num,” says Dr. Cedric Bryant, the chief science of­fi­cer of the Amer­i­can Coun­cil on Ex­er­cise. Women should be un­der 35 inches to be within a healthy range.

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