More than half of British women's waists 'too big'

 
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More than half of British women have waists that are larger than the recommended healthy size, experts say.

Researchers from the charity Nuffield Health say overweight women risk an increased chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, infertility and cancer.

The researchers found the average waist measurement for women is 84.9cm (33.43in), compared with the healthy size of 80cm (31.49in).

Nuffield Health's Dr Davina Deniszczyc said it was a "worrying problem."

Dr Deniszczyc, professional head of physicians and diagnostics at Nuffield Health, said: "Fat being stored around the waist can contribute to significant health issues, such as breast cancer and infertility."

Nuffield Health examined data from more than 30,000 women and found 57% had a waist larger than the healthy size.

It said women in the north of England have the largest waists, with an average circumference of 87cm, compared to 81.9cm in London.

Researchers also said 52.5% of the women have a body mass index (BMI) higher than the healthy range, while 16.2% were moderately or morbidly obese.

The BMI is calculated by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by your height in metres squared.

A BMI level measured between 25 and 29.9 means a person is regarded as overweight. If your BMI is over 30 then you are clinically obese.

Dr Deniszczyc said: "Whilst waist size may seem like a cosmetic issue, this isn't about women fitting into their skinny jeans. Rather, it's an important indicator of overall health and well-being, particularly when taken into account with other health measurements.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 93.

    You want people to be healthy?

    Make a worthwhile society in which people enjoy living and young people *want* to be healthy so they can play an active part.

    If there is no such thing as society, why should people bother? What are *you* offering?

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    Comment number 92.

    This story angers me! You can't judge how healthy someone is by their waistline or BMI! Both don't take into account muscle mass, body type, lifestyle or genetics. I exercise most days & try to run 5k at least once a week yet my BMI (28) & waist is over what it should be (because I have a lot of muscle.) I tried to see a NHS dietician to help with my diet only to be told I'm not fat enough.

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    Comment number 91.

    Why do some large women wear jeggins? They are stretched so thin you can see right through them and it's not a pretty site. I don't want to see it, haven't they got mirrors in their homes? Look like they've come out and forgot to put their skirt on

  • Comment number 90.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 89.

    If we could swap waste size with breast size we'd be a happier nation. Actually, I blame low impact exercises, diets that need calculators. They work if you're disciplined, but humans are lazy and they profit on our failure. Here's a diet that works for Everyone - cut the kr@p out of your diet and exercise. Run and work out 3-5 times a week (no need for gyms). 2-3 weeks later, you'll be amazed.

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    Comment number 88.

    @67 chrisl

    Obviously you know very little about African culture. Many African societies venerate obesity in women. Why do you think so many- over weight, over 40- white women are involved in sex tourism over there paying for sex with young African men who see nothing wrong with fat women?

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    Comment number 87.

    Ah, here we go again. Medical science has only one model. Eat less and you'll get thin. No, sorry. It doesn't always work, so blame the overweight because it must be their fault and be very rude about it. Doesn't it feel good?

    You are not allowed to criticise based on sex, sexual inclination, race, colour. Who can we rant at with impunity? The overweight and the old pension scroungers.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 85.

    @69 Dismas That was not my point but feel free to hijack it. There is a responsibility on the media to stop making women and young girls feel pressurised to fit an ideal shape and size dictated by the fashion industry. Bombarding and drip feeding messages without context or compassion A British Coroner is making this same point in court after a tragic and untimely death.

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    Comment number 84.

    When will fat people accept they are fat?
    When will we stop pandering to them and taking on the excessive additional costs they force us to bear.
    When will we simply tell them to stop eating so much.
    I eat and drink what I want but because I am active I am only 14 pounds heavier than when I got married 38 years ago.

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    Comment number 83.

    the one good thing about lots of foreigners living in this country is they are much prettier and in much better shape than our girls:)

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    Comment number 82.

    Sorry, but I have to ask. How does the beeb know that the woman in the above picture is British?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 81.

    Overweight? Try taking an appetite suppressor - such as nicotine. Widely available in packets of 20 'cigarettes'. So simple, just light the end and inhale the resultant smoke. Various strengths and even a couple of flavours available.

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    Comment number 80.

    Every day,it seems,we are Issued with another dire warning about our health.Often the advice we are given directly contradicts previous advice.The end result is confusion for many,regarding what is good for them,and what should be avoided.
    We have a good idea of what constitutes a healthy diet/lifestyle,but in truth,most of us find it tastelesss and boring.People actually LIKE junk food.

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    Comment number 79.

    Just last week the BBC ran an article saying BMI is not an affective measure of obeseity yet this week they use BMI as a reason to call people obese (insert confused look here)

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    Comment number 78.

    Processed and supersized food is much to blame - everywhere you look there is food being 'sold' to you - everywhere you look there are loans being 'sold' to you by the banks - looks like both are bad for us all?!
    Obesity is complex - ask anyone trying to treat it never mind live with it.

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    Comment number 77.

    In some NHS hospitals you can be discharged from having a heart bypass operation and collect a cheeseburger on the way out.

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    Comment number 76.

    We don't suddenly wake up fat one morning.It's a long period of over-indulgence,and I don't think there are any excuses.On a long haul flight to Australia,I was sandwiched between 2 fat people for 11 hours and it was very uncomfortable.So being overweight can actually affect others.

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    Comment number 75.

    Didsbury to Picadilly return ticket is now £5.50 a day.

    Its only 7 miles away. I have constantly tried to get my girlfriend (who is overweight) to use public transport as she drives everywhere.

    BUT it is actually cheaper to pay for the petrol ride because trains are so expensive.

    Lets not get started on the fact this government has stopeed all sports funding in schools. So short sighted.

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    Comment number 74.

    @52 yottskry

    Obesity is just greed? How about gluttony? Should we send them to Bible camp to shame them into thinness? How overly-simplified you make it seem.

    I suggest you do a little research on obesity issues - it can also be related to mental disorders like your anorexics or bulemics, or physical (hyperthyroidism) issues as well.

 

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