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Re­searchers have cal­cu­lated the se­cret to a longer life: your waist­line mea­sure­ment should be less than half of your height mea­sure­ment. A study by London’s City Univer­sity found the av­er­age 178cm man and 163cm woman should have a waist of no more than 89cm and 81cm re­spec­tively to stay healthy. If the ra­tio ex­pands to 80 per cent or more, life ex­pectancy could be re­duced by up to 20 years. The au­thors say this is a more ac­cu­rate in­di­ca­tor of healthy weight than the BMI.

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