Oct 01, 2013 - Nov 01, 2013
Carrying weight around your midsection is a well-known risk factor for heart disease. Belly fat increases blood pressure, changes how you metabolize cholesterol and increases risk for diabetes, thus raising risk for heart disease.
Measure your waistline (and your progress) once a week and make at least four entries this month in your CardioSmart waist circumference tracker. Click on the "Take the Challenge" button on the top right to get started!
How to Measure Your Waist
Stand straight, but relaxed, in front of a mirror. Wear thin clothing or none at all. Don't exhale strongly or try to suck in your belly to make your waist appear smaller. Place the measuring tape around your waist, close to your belly button.
Men who have a waist circumference of more than 40 inches (102 centimeters) and women who have a waist measurement of more than 35 inches (88 centimeters) may have an increased risk of obesity-related diseases.