The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has stated that an adult's waist should be less than half their height to reduce health risks, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
While measuring body mass index (BMI) is useful it doesn't consider excess weight around the abdomen—scientifically termed "central adiposity." Based on 20 years of medical records, that those who allow extra inches to accumulate around the waist risk ill health, while those who are obese may die earlier.
The study found that as many as 20 years of life for men can be lost by failing to sustain your waistline. The figure is approximately 10 years for women.
Our findings showed that up to 20 years of life can be lost by not maintaining a sustainable waistline.