Dr Dawn Harper reveals the hurdles you must overcome to lead and long and happy life
Imagine twins of identical height and weight, but one carries weight around the middle (the classic apple shape) while the other carries it on hips and thighs (the pear shape). Even though they may have the same body mass index (BMI), the apple-shaped twin would have a higher risk of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes than the pear-shaped twin.
This is because weight around the middle and around our internal organs is regarded as “active fat”. Women should have a waistline no greater than 80cm (31.5in) and men 94cm (37in).
Waistlines larger than this are associated with a raised risk of high blood pressure , heart disease and diabetes.
Most of us have a pair of “thin jeans” or an old piece of clothing we know won’t fit any more, but that we can’t quite throw out “just in case”. Read More…