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Men denying large waist size

7th October 2011

New research has revealed that men underestimate the size of their waist by as much as two inches.


A British Heart Foundation survey found that the average British male believed they had a waist size of 35.8 inches, though this is two inches smaller than the English average of 37.9 inches and 38 inches in Scotland.

There are concerns that the under-estimate could put me at risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Of the 1,000 men questioned, 90% admitted they did not know how to measure their waist properly.

Some 47% thought they could measure just above the hips and only 13% knew that a correct measurement could only be taken by measuring around the midpoint between the ribs and the top of the hips.

Men with waists bigger than 37 inches have an increased risk of diabetes while waistlines over 40 inches move that risk into the high category.

BHF dietitian Tracy Parker said: “The results of this survey are worrying. They suggest men might not know they are in the danger zone.

“Taking action doesn’t have to be a chore. If your waist strays above the 37 inch mark, arrange some healthy activities around your day for maximum efficiency and minimum fuss.”

Walking further and swapping swap fatty snacks and creamy desserts for crunchy vegetables and juicy fruit could help, she said.

Diabetes UK said it was “extremely worrying” that so many men might not be aware that their growing waists could be putting their health at risk.


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