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What factors indicate my general health?

To assess your general health, you could consider your body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC) and a body shape index (ABSI). Bear in mind that these are all general assessments of health; your doctor can explain your specific risk factors for medical conditions.

Obesity has long been associated with an increased risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, coronary heart disease, liver disease and certain cancers. Your BMI is a measurement that factors in your height along with your weight. It can help guide you in determining whether you’re within a healthy weight range. However, your BMI doesn’t assess other measures of health, such as lean muscle mass. You could also consider your waist circumference, which enables you to assess the amount of abdominal fat you have. Excessive abdominal fat is a health concern because it may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Another general measurement of health, a body shape index, factors in your weight, height and waist circumference for a more comprehensive picture of your well-being.

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