London: Waist to height ratio (WHR) is the best way to predict a person`s risk of serious health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study has revealed.Keeping your waist circumference to less than half your height is the key to avoid an increased risk of obesity related diseases, according to author Margaret Ashwell from Ashwell Associates, a scientific consultancy firm.According to an analysis presented at the European Congress on Obesity, the simple measurement (waist divided by height) is equally fair to tall and short people so can be used across all countries and ethnic groups.It is a much better predictor of risk than waist circumference on its own, which had already replaced body mass index in medical circles because it acts as a proxy for abdominal fat – a key predictor of heart disease.Ashwell, a visiting researcher at Oxford Brookes University, said WHR should be considered by doctors as a one-size fits all screening tool.
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