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Waist's warning sign

Published 14/02/2011 | 05:00

Body shapes are sometimes compared to fruit, with some people being labelled apple shapes and some being referred to as pear shapes.

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An apple shape has more body fat around the mid-section. Fat around the mid-section is linked to what is known as visceral adipose tissue ie, fat around the organs, which is a known risk factor for metabolic syndrome.

As it is hard to detect our levels of visceral fat without a Dexa or cat scan, a simpler method is checking your waist to hip ratio. Females' waist to hip ratio should be no greater than 0.8 while males' waist to hip ratio should be no greater than 1. This means that your waist circumference tape measurement should be less than your hip measurement.

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