Cut the Waist

Cut the Waist

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The philosophy of Cut the Waist is to prevent obesity related ill health through education resources

The importance of waist circumference

It is increasingly recognised that an individual's body shape and pattern of fat distribution has important implications regarding the risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Although Body Mass Index is traditionally used to categorise body weight, BMI provides no information about body shape and pattern of body fat distribution. It is therefore important to use other measures to assess body shape to determine the potential impact of weight on health.

Waist circumference measurement is a convenient way to assess the degree of central fat distribution. This simple measurement has proved a very useful way of assessing those who are at most at risk of "metabolic complications" of obesity and associated health problems as a result of storing excess weight around the abdomen.