Your body shape and where you store excess weight can influence your health.
Excess weight around your waist or a 'pot belly' is a health risk. Waist measurement (regardless of height or build) impacts on your risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep disorders and some cancers.
A person's genes can contribute to a pot belly - but you can still do something about it.
If you have a high waist measurement, here are some ways to reduce it:
- Move more and sit less, be active every day
- Swap sugary and fatty foods for vegetables, fruit and water
- Limit your alcohol intake
Visit makehealthynormal.nsw.gov.au for more details