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Diet Talk from the Doc
by Dr.Diet, Diet.com's Medical Director

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A tape measure rather than the scale may be a better predictor of heart disease risk, according to one study. Even a little bulge around the middle can put you at increased risk, say researchers.

Waist size best predictor of heart risk: study
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Dr. Diet weighs in:

I always measure the waist circumference on my patients.

We have learned a lot about the type of fat around your midsection and how this fat can be linked to hormone changes that can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Here are the above-mentioned Canadian guidelines for waist size that can be measured just above the hip bone:

--Men: should be below 35.5 inches (American guidelines 40 inches)

--Women: should be below 31.5 inches (American guidelines 35.5 inches)

We talk a lot about maintaining a healthy BMI (body mass index) but people do need to be more aware of maintaining a healthy waist circumference.

If you find your waist circumference is above the above parameters, its prudent to see your health care professional and engage in a healthy lifestyle weight management program.

@ 7:22pm ET on October 17, 2006 my waist is 23 inches
@ 7:43am ET on July 3, 2007 I am a tall woman, just shy 5'11, and I wonder about these sort of guidelines.
@ 9:24pm ET on March 19, 2012 Grrr... I already knew this- my waist size is 32 inches and my hips are 33.5 inches!! It's a horrible waist to hip ratio, but all of the women in my family have tiny hips and a tendency for all of the fat to pool up in a lil' stomach pooch. :P Unfortunate genetics that make us all hate our stomachs- even the skinniest of us!
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