BMI app helps measure health risk – 4
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. When watching your weight, measure your waist.
Donato: Measuring waist circumference is important.
Narrator: NIH’s Karen Donato says if most of your fat is around your waist rather than at your hips, you’re at a higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Donato: The risk goes up with a waist size greater than 35 inches for women or greater than 40 inches for men.
Narrator: Waist circumference and body mass index, or BMI, are two useful and practical measures for overweight and obesity. For more information on health risks associated with being overweight or obese, and details on the importance of a maintaining a healthy weight, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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