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Waist circumference

His is too much for dietary comfort.

Too much abdominal fat puts you at high risk of type 2 diabeteshigh blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. It means you need to lose weight.

By measuring your waist circumference, doctors can track your body composition before, during, and after your weight loss efforts.

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How common is obesity?

Obesity is common in adults and children. About half the adults in England and Wales are overweight. About one-quarter are obese. The number of obese people in England and Wales has nearly trebled since 1980.

Obesity is more common in certain groups of people. Obesity is slightly more common in women than in men. 

People from all backgrounds can become overweight. But obesity is more common...



A waist circumference greater than 32 inches (80cm) for a woman or 37 inches (94cm) for a man increases your risk of cardiovascular disease. 

If the measurement is more than 35 inches (88cm) for a woman or 40 inches (102cm) for a man, you are at very high risk.

Research also suggests people with extra fat around their middle are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease as those with normal amounts of fat.  

.........   Your body shape may be something you inherit.