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Large Waist Big Health Risk

By Professor Gordon S. Lynch

Large European study confirms that a large waistline can almost double your risk of dying prematurely, even if your body mass index is ‘normal'.

Being overweight or obese puts us at major risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 diabetes. The Body Mass Index (BMI), a basic weight to height ratio, has been the traditional tool for predicting this risk and to define obesity. In recent years, however, the measurement of waist circumference (WC) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) have been thought to be better predictors.

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