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People are always very concerned about how much they weigh.  For most people in the population, this is the single most important tool to determine obesity.

However, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the risk for developing obesity can also be measured by other means.  Take the abdominal fat, for example.  The excess abdominal fat is considered by NIDDK as an important, independent risk factor for the development of obesity.  In fact, based on the statement released by the aforementioned source, previous researches and clinical trials have shown that your waist line is directly associated with the abdominal fat and it can be used to assess your risk for developing obesity.  Therefore, if you are having a lot of abdominal fat around your waist, chances are you will develop obesity sooner or later.  This is the reason why health professionals are not only concerned about your weight, but they are also very interested with your fat distribution.

Women are considered pear shape because most of their fats are distributed around their hips.  Men are mostly apple-shaped because their fats are found mostly on their abdomen.  However, there are times when women becomes apple shaped, particularly after their menopausal period.

And so, if you want to know the limit for a healthy hip circumference or waist circumference, here is what NIDDK has to say: Women who have a hip circumference of more than 35 inches and men who has a waist circumference of more than 40 inches are more likely to develop obesity because of their fat distribution.

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