Another way to find out if you’re carrying weight around your middle is to measure your waist to height ratio.
Carrying weight around your middle means that you’re at a higher risk of developing health problems. For example:
- type 2 diabetes
- high blood pressure
- heart disease
- some cancers
The Stockport String Test is a really easy way to measure your waist to height ratio, using only a piece of string.
First, measure your height with a piece of string:
- take your shoes off and stand against a wall
- cut a piece of string so that the string is a measurement of how tall you are
- fold the string in half
- find a place in your middle that is halfway between the bottom of your ribs and the top of your pelvis almost exactly where your belly button is
- wrap the folded string around your waist
If the string fits round your waist it shows that you're not carrying weight around your middle and you're at a lower risk of developing some health problems.
If the string does not fit around your waist the advice is to:
- cut down on your calories
- reduce your alcohol consumption
- move more