More than half of British women have waists that are larger than the recommended healthy size.
Over half of British women have an unhealthy waist size
Just last month, experts announced that Waist to Height Ratio (WHR) is a better predictor of heart disease and diabetes risk than body mass index (BMI).
Research suggests that excess weight around the waist increases the chances of breast cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
And now, researchers from Nuffield Health have found that the majority of women in the UK are in the ‘high health risk’ category because of their waist size.
Researchers examined data from 30,000 women. 57 per cent had a waist larger than the healthy 80cm (31.49in) - the average waist measurement of the women was 84.9cm (33.43in).
Nuffield Health's Dr Davina Deniszczyc said: “Experts are increasingly finding central (or abdominal) obesity, measured through waist size, to be a better indicator of obesity than BMI.
"Fat being stored around the waist can contribute to significant health issues, such as breast cancer and infertility."
Women in the north of England were found to have the largest waists, with an average circumference of 87cm. London had the smallest average waist size, but still above the healthy range at 81.9cm.
In addition, the average waist to hip ratio of women has also increased. Experts say that the apple body shape has become more common than the healthier ‘pear’.
Chris Jones, head of physiology at Nuffield Health, said: “If you are concerned about your waist size, visit your GP.”
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