BMI is dead – just use waist and height

Did you actually ever know what BMI was? Well, whether you did or not (actually it means Body Mass Index) you can now forget all about it.

Why’s that?

… because researchers have figured out that your waist and height measurements are a better indicator of whether you are over-weight or at risk of heart, kidney, liver or other such diseases.

Dr Ashwell, who led the research, said that “keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height can help increase life expectancy for every person in the world.”

That means, if you are 6ft tall – then your waist should not exceed 36 inches – which might be typical for a man. Or for a woman 5’2″ she should keep her waist at no more than 31″.

This simple measure is easily available to everyone – we’ve all got a tape measure right? And can not only help us to set fitness – or perhaps leanness goals – but keep a close track on those goals too.

Neil Lewis

Neil Lewis

Male, Chester

I'm an entrepreneur, runner (as of 5 years), dad, husband and entrepreneur. This year I've completed three 10k runs - Port Sunlight,  Manchester Great Run and the Natterjacks Southport run. My goal is to complete a 10k at below 50 minutes. I'm late 40's & want to keep healthy and fit for a long time yet... and that's what drives me to run. If you are looking for a running companion - up to 10 KM - in the Chester, area, get in touch. I can help set people up in business or just help people get great health and fitness products that can keep them fit, healthy and running for longer. Get in touch if you want to find out more about what I do and the Forever FIT products I work with. Or you can directly order from our shop.

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