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Large waist size linked to diabetes

OVERWEIGHT people with a large waist are as likely to develop type 2 diabetes in later life as those who are obese, according to an international study.

Researchers from the Medical Research Council epidemiology unit in Cambridge say that while people who are overweight but "pear-shaped" have a low risk, those who carry the extra pounds around their waist run similar risks as those who are seriously overweight.

Waist sizes of more than 102cm or 40in in men and bigger than 88cm or 34in in women are classed as large.