What does this mean? Body Mass Index (BMI) is based on height and weight. It is an indirect
measure of total body fat. A BMI of 25 to 29.9% is overweight and a BMI of 30% or higher is considered as obese.
Men should strive for a waist size of 35 inches or under. Women should have a waist of 33 inches or under. This correlates to a normal BMI of under 25—and a lower risk of heart disease.
Apple or Pear Shape?
Larger waists, or an “apple” shape, indicate abdominal fat. Fat around the hips and thighs is often described as a “pear” shape. Studies have linked abdominal fat to more health problems including increased risk of diabetes and breast cancer.
Sensible nutrition and a daily exercise plan can help you get back on track. One does not have to run a marathon, but walking and moving is the key to get the metabolism started. The waist line will shrink and the heart will be healthier.