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Body Fat and Health Risks

Your risk of some health problems is affected by where your body fat is stored, as well as by your weight. Carrying too much fat around your middle (waist) can increase your risk of developing conditions such as:

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cancer :

Not sure if you’re overweight?

You can check by

  • measuring your waist regularly
  • checking your BMI (body mass index) to see if your weight is healthy for your height. At Yeovil Personal Fitness Club we measure your body fat percentage, which, is a more accurate measurement than BMI. Call in and see us, we regularly review our members to help them stay healthy

To measure your waist:

  • Measuring your waist
  • find the bottom of your ribs and the top of your hips
  • breathe out naturally
  • wrap a tape measure around your waist midway between these points to find your measurement Most people are apple-shaped or pear-shaped. This means that when you put on weight, the fat is either stored around your hips (pear-shaped) or around your middle (apple-shaped).

Waist size and risk of health problems

  • You have a higher risk of health problems if your waist size is:
  • If you’re overweight and apple-shaped, you have a higher risk of health problems than if you’re pear-shaped.
  • What is your body shape?
  • more than 94cm (37 inches) if you’re a man
  • more than 80cm (31.5 inches) if you’re a woman
  • Your risk of health problems is even higher if your waist size is:
  • more than 102cm (40 inches) if you’re a man
  • more than 88cm (34.5 inches) if you’re a woman

Losing weight around the stomach

Most people who are overweight find that their excess weight is due to eating more calories than they burn.

Weight gain occurs when we regularly put more calories (energy) into our bodies than we use. Over time, that excess energy is stored by the body as fat.

If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s a good idea to eat less and be more active.

Call us today on 01935 706059 to arrange your FREE guest visit to see how we can help you reduce your waist measurement.

Vicky Smith I have had many fantastic programmes to meet my ever changing goals, which, included maintaining fitness during pregnancy and with the help following I feel fitter and stronger than ever before.
Vicky Smith