One simple, do it yourself equation can tell you if it’s time to put down that slice of cake and pull out your runners!
Body mass Index (BMI) has been a useful tool in determining obesity for many years but we have always known it has its limitations.
It does not differentiate between those who weigh more from lean muscle tissue and those who weigh more from unhealthy fat tissue.
And more importantly, it does not tell us where the fat is deposited.
This is vital information as researchers have found having a larger waist circumference increases the risk of death from any cause! And around the waist is where we increasingly tend to store fat with age.
Dr Ashwell, a leading UK obesity expert has devised The Ashwell Shape Chart to identify healthy, borderline and unhealthy waist sizes. Use a basic tape measure to measure your height in cm. Then measure your waist (around the navel is a good marker) also in cm. Divide your waist measurement by your height eg 82cm/165cm to determine whether you are a chilli, pear, pear-apple or apple:
A ‘chilli’ <0.4 (possibly underweight and do not need to decrease waist circumference)
A ‘pear’ 0.4-0.5 (healthy, so keep it that way)
A ‘pear-apple’ 0.5-0.6 (exercise caution as your waist circumference should not increase)
Or an ‘apple’ >0.6 (take action now as your health may be at risk)
So beating the battle of the tummy bulge is no longer just about looking good in your swimmers, it is about having a long healthy life.
Dr Ashwell’s message is simple “keep your waist circumference to half of your height. It works for every man, woman and child on the planet.”
To learn more and ensure you have a healthy waistline for life call Rachel on 0402 903 732