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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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The new you starts here! Jump into the new year and join the Healthy Food Guide experts' Get Waisted belly fat challenge. Find out how to reboot your liver with our top tips for cutting the booze, plus we show you how to slash the sugar from your trolley. And, as ever, our nutritious recipes will let you keep eating family favourites without all the calories, with a comfort food makeover special, lighter savoury pies and on-trend smoothie bowls. Find it all in this month's Healthy Food Guide.