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Weight Management

How does waist circumference effect health?

Your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases is affected by your total weight, weight distribution and your waist circumference. Carrying excess weight around your abdomen is a greater health risk than carrying weight around your hips and thighs. Fat deposits within the abdominal cavity coat major organs including your liver and pancreas.

An increased waist circumference is associated with: 

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Sleep problems including sleep apnea
  • Depression
  • Joint problems including gout, arthritis and joint pain
  • Some cancers

Tips to reduce weight and waist measurement

  • Be active every day; aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise each day
  • Reduce the portion size of your meals
  • Replace processed and packaged foods with complex carbohydrates (grain products)
  • Reduce your intake of sugar and saturated fats
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Enjoy a healthy diet including a wide range of fruits and vegetables
  • Opt for healthier cooking techniques such as steaming and baking rather than frying