Belly Fat Doubles Death Risk
Increase in Death Risk Not Limited to Overweight, Obese
Are You an Apple or a Pear?
So how do you tell if you have more belly fat than is healthy?
- To measure your waist circumference, place a tape measure around your waist
at the smallest point, which is usually just above the navel. A waist size of
40 inches in men and 35 inches in women is generally considered to indicate
increased health risk.
- Waist-to-hip ratio is calculated by measuring your waist at the smallest
point and your hips at the widest point -- usually at the widest part of the
buttocks -- and dividing the waist measurement by the hip measurement. A
waist-to-hip ratio of greater than 0.9 for men and 0.8 for women is generally
considered high risk.