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Weight check:Tape measure better calculator for obesity than BMI

Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 2:23pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: ANI

 Experts have revealed that a simple tape measure can help you calculate obesity better than the lengthy and often confusing current body mass index ( BMI).

Dr Jude Oben, from the Obesity Action Campaign, told Sky News that measuring waist size was a more accurate assessment of someone's fat and less "tedious" than calculating BMI.

The fat inside your abdomen is a good indicator of your metabolic risk, and a tape measure can do the measuring, he said.

Oben said that men and women should keep their waist - measured at the level of the belly-button - below 35.5 inches and 31.5 inches respectively.

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