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Why it matters if you can pinch more than an inch


• For the sake of your heart A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology confirmed that the spare tyre around your middle is a risk factor for heart disease.

• To lower your risk of diabetes Being overweight is known to increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, but the worst place to store fat is around the belly. Check your waist circumference: men who measure more than 102cm (40in) around the middle – and not below the belly – are five times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than men with a smaller waistline, while women who measure more than 88cm (35in) are three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to Public Health England.

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