How fat is your belly? is a very bold question!
This "fat belly" has a lot of health consequences to it: If you are a woman, your belly should measure less than 88cm or you run the risk of many health problems (men should measure <102cm).
A fat belly is embarrassing, and it also raises your chances of heart attack and diabetes. Being overweight in general is associated with 13 different kinds of cancer (!).
Large amounts of sugar, even the natural sugar found in your favourite fruits (fructose) can lead to fat building up around your belly and even around your liver, giving you a "fatty liver". Fatty liver disease is a build-up of fats in the liver that can damage the organ and lead to serious complications. Fatty liver disease affects 1 in 10 adults.
A fat belly can also give you high blood pressure.
It is very important to know that high blood pressure and fatty liver disease very often have NO symptoms at all. You may be suffering from these and not be aware of it at all, especially if you are over 35.
It might be time to take out the tape measure and see how fat your belly is. What about your partner? Or your sister or mother? Are they running the risk of embarrassment and health complications? It might be time to find out!
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