Middle-aged women with waists over 35 inches have a 30% higher risk of early death

By BEN SPENCER MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Middle-aged women with a waist bigger than 35 inches are at risk of an early death even if they are of a ‘healthy’ weight, experts warn.

It means women with a size-18 dress fitting or above could be at risk, even if they have always been told they do not need to worry about their weight.

The research, led by the University of Iowa, casts into doubt the validity of ‘body mass index’ or ‘BMI’ – the standard measure of whether someone is of a healthy weight.

Experts stress that BMI – which measures someone’s weight against their height – does not differentiate between muscle and fat.

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