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Evaluating & Measuring Fitness

Why is waist size important?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Watch Your Waist Size

    Having lots of belly fat can be very bad for your health, but many Americans don't know why. Find out the answers as Dr. Oz explains in this video.



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  • The circumference of your waist may trump body-mass index (BMI) or body weight to gauge your risk for developing diabetes, especially if you’re a woman. According to a study published by PloS Medicine, non-obese people with large waists are at a higher risk for the disease. A large waist is 35 inches or more in a woman, for men, 40. Get out the tape measure, then get to the gym.
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