Your Waist Size And Your Health

Your body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in kilos to the square of your height in meters, and has long been used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Two studies from England suggest that the BMI should be set aside, and doctors should concentrate instead on the waist circumference of their patients when assessing health risks. One study found that the larger your waist, the higher your risk for type 2 diabetes. The second study suggested that a waist circumference less than half your height can increase your life expectancy.

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