Why is my weight measurement important?

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Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Measuring waist circumference is very important. When it comes to being overweight, there are two basic body shapes: apples and pears. People with apple-shapes accumulate weight in their belly button regions. Pear-shapes store fat in their hips and legs. If you're not overweight, you may be shaped more like a cucumber or carrot. Apple-shapes run the most health risks. Studies show that heart disease, diabetes and hypertension are more prevalent in people with fat around their middles. Use a tape measure to find your waist circumference. Start at the top of your hip bones and bring the tape all the way around until it's level with your belly button. Don't pull it too tightly, and resist the urge to suck in your stomach. A healthy waist circumference should not exceed 35 inches in women and 40 inches in men. A healthy body mass index (BMI) should not be over 25.

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