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Getting Started - Am I Overweight?

BMI (Body Mass Index) uses height and weight to estimate body fat. Health professionals all over the world use BMI to work out if someone's weight puts their health at risk. BMI is not a perfect measure of body fat, particularly for some ethnic groups and people with greater muscle mass. Nevertheless, BMI is strongly related to an increased risk of developing a range of health problems. You can work out your BMI using our BMI calculator.

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Keeping a regular record of your weight will help you to identify patterns in your weight change

See Keeping Track

Waist circumference is another measure of body fat and is a reliable indicator of future health risk . Fat stored in the tummy area is linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, raised cholesterol and heart disease. People with fat stored around the waist and stomach ('apple shaped') have a greater risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than people who store fat around the hips and thighs (pear shaped). To measure your waist circumference, measure around your body 2.5cm (1inch) above your belly button.

For women a waist size over 80 cm (32inches) indicates an increased risk to health, and over 88cm (35 inches) indicates a substantial risk to health.
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