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How do you measure up?

Our lifestyles can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing. More than 60% of Australian adults are overweight or obese, and this number is rising.

Poor eating and little physical activity lead to an increased risk of chronic diseases such as various cancers, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

waistMeasuring your waist circumference is a good way to quickly see if you are overweight. It especially indicates internal fat deposits and your likelihood of developing conditions listed above.

Are you at risk?

A quick way to check your risk is to measure your waist:

  • Measure directly against your skin.
  • Breathe out normally.
  • Make sure the tape is snug, without compressing the skin.
  • The correct place to measure your waist is horizontally halfway between your lowest rib and the top of your hipbone. This is roughly in line with your belly button.

Waist circumference and disease risk

Waist circumferences which increase risk of disease are below.

For women:

  • 80 cm or more
  • 88 cm or more is a high risk

For men:

  • 94 cm or more
  • 102 cm or more is a high risk

Limitations of waist circumference

Waist circumference is less accurate in some situations, including pregnancy, medical conditions where there is distension of the abdomen, certain ethnic groups and for children and young people.

How can I lose weight?

A multi-pronged lifestyle approach that combines better nutrition, more physical activity, and psychological support, is usually the most successful in promoting way to lose weight.

For many people achieving a ‘healthy’ weight is an unrealistic expectation. A 5% weight loss is more achievable and still results in important health improvements. Your goals should focus on behaviour change and improved health, rather than weight loss.

Drastic fad diets and exercise regimens that result in rapid weight loss are unlikely to work for long, as these kinds of lifestyle changes are hard to maintain. Once you stop the regime, you’re likely to return to old habits and regain weight. In some cases you may put on even more.

Instead, choose diet and physical activity changes that you can make a part of your daily routine, and stick to for life.

Are you really keen to make some dietary and lifestyle changes but don’t know where to start? Contact Anita@Missinglinkhealth.com.au for a personal plan that can change your life.

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